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EPA's Water Management Plans

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photo of a water dropletWater management plans help individual facilities set long- and short-term water conservation goals. EPA currently has 27 signed water management plans that cover 30 reporting facilities.

Learn more about EPA’s water conservation progress at these and other facilities.

Manchester, Washington, Region 10 Laboratory (PDF) (12 pp, 1.2MB). The Region 10 Laboratory revised its water management plan in March 2013 following a water assessment in August 2012. This laboratory uses an Environmental Management System (EMS) to achieve its water management goals. The facility has identified the reduction of water consumption as an objective and is working to reduce water use for each full-time employee at the laboratory. Prior to 2012, the facility completed a retrofit of its steam sterilizer tempering kits. For additional water savings, the facility plans to replace toilets with water-efficient models, install WaterSense labeled urinals and showerheads, and retrofit faucets to flow at 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm). The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (17 pp, 381K) was completed in August 2005.

Las Vegas, Nevada, National Exposure Research Laboratory and Radiation and Indoor Environments National Laboratory (PDF) (11 pp, 235K). The facility revised its water management plan in November 2012 following a water assessment in August 2012. This laboratory uses an EMS to achieve its water management goals. For additional water savings, the facility plans to retrofit restrooms with water-efficient toilets, install WaterSense labeled urinals, and improve the cooling tower system monitoring. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (11 pp, 235K) was completed in July 2004.

Golden, Colorado, Region 8 Laboratory (PDF) (12 pp, 1.4MB). The Region 8 Laboratory revised its water management plan in September 2012. An irrigation audit was performed by an irrigation auditor certified by a WaterSense labeled program in fiscal year (FY) 2008. In May 2012, the facility upgraded its irrigation system to improve water efficiency and incorporated xeriscaping principles into its landscape design where feasible. For additional water savings, the facility plans to properly manage its new irrigation system to realize maximum water savings, increase cooling tower cycles of concentration, install WaterSense labeled showerheads and urinals, and retrofit toilets. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (17 pp, 326K) was completed in October 2003.

Houston, Texas, Region 6 Environmental Services Branch Laboratory (PDF) (19 pp, 293K). The Region 6 Laboratory revised its water management plan in December 2011 following a water assessment in April 2011. An irrigation audit was performed by an irrigation auditor certified by a WaterSense labeled program in FY 2008, and the facility upgraded its irrigation system in FY 2011. Also in FY 2011, the facility fixed its air handler condensate recovery system and installed a new cooling tower to reduce potable water use for cooling tower make-up. In FY 2009, the facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm. Additionally, the facility plans to retrofit its restrooms with high-efficiency toilets and urinals and install WaterSense labeled showerheads. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (17 pp, 1.2MB) was completed in July 2005.

Grosse Ile, Michigan, Large Lakes and Rivers Research Station (PDF) (18 pp, 349K). The Large Lakes and Rivers Research Station revised its water management plan in October 2011 following a water assessment in July 2011. The facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm in August 2011. In October 2010, the facility took out of service an air conditioner that used single-pass water for cooling. Additionally, the facility plans to retrofit its restrooms with high-efficiency toilets and urinals and continue evaluating a rainwater collection and reuse project. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (16 pp, 475K) was completed in August 2007.

Ada, Oklahoma, Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center (PDF) (22 pp, 463K). This facility revised its water management plan in July 2011. An irrigation audit was performed by an irrigation auditor certified by a WaterSense labeled program in FY 2008. Using the audit's findings, the facility upgraded its irrigation system to improve water efficiency in FY 2011. For additional water savings, the facility plans to correct a cooling tower malfunction, install a blowdown flow meter on the cooling tower, capture and reuse air handler condensate, re-audit the new irrigation system to ensure that it is working optimally, install WaterSense labeled showerheads, replace toilets and urinals with high-efficiency models, and retrofit faucets. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (15 pp, 550K) was completed in November 2005.

Corvallis, Oregon, Western Ecology Division Laboratory (PDF) (25 pp, 876K). This facility revised its water management plan in June 2011. In FY 2011, the facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm and installed a new steam sterilizer that does not use continuously flowing tempering water. In addition, the facility is considering collecting and reusing air handler condensate and reverse osmosis (RO) reject water for cooling tower make-up. The facility is also planning to install make-up and blow down water meters on the cooling towers and is considering installing automatic conductivity controllers on all cooling towers to enable better cooling tower control. An irrigation audit was performed by an irrigation auditor certified by a WaterSense labeled program in FY 2008. Since the audit, the facility has been working to eliminate irrigation in zones where possible, replace broken sprinkler heads, and adjust sprinkler head delivery for optimal performance. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (17 pp, 1.0MB) was completed in August 2004.

Corvallis, Oregon, Willamette Research Station (WRS) (PDF) (24 pp, 536K). WRS revised its water management plan in June 2011. By November 2010, WRS had installed high-efficiency restroom fixtures throughout the facility—dual-flush toilets, non-water urinals, and 0.5 gpm faucet aerators. The facility continues to make significant progress decreasing well water use for industrial, landscaping, and agricultural (ILA) purposes. WRS's first water management plan (PDF) (14 pp, 999K) was completed in August 2004.

Newport, Oregon, Western Ecology Division Laboratory (PDF) (18 pp, 620K). This facility revised its water management plan in June 2011. The facility's lavatory faucets were retrofitted to flow at 0.5 gpm and all toilets flush at 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). The laboratory's urinals were converted to a waterless design in July 2004. Newport collects stormwater to use for irrigation and boat washing. In addition, the facility plans to install a new steam sterilizer that does not continuously flow tempering water, install dual-flush retrofit kits on all 1.6 gpf toilets, and install WaterSense labeled showerheads. Newport's first water management plan (PDF) (15 pp, 1.0MB) was completed in August 2004.

Kansas City, Kansas, Science and Technology Center (PDF) (25 pp, 355K). The Science and Technology Center revised its water management plan in August 2010. In FY 2009, the facility replaced its vacuum pump system with a closed loop system. Additionally, the facility plans to: reroute collected air handler condensate directly to the cooling tower; maximize the cycles of concentration in its cooling tower; and record, monitor, and evaluate changes in water consumption. The Science and Technology Center's first water management plan (20 pp, 503K) was completed in November 2008.

Gulf Breeze, Florida, Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory (PDF) (22 pp, 484K). The Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory revised its water management plan in July 2010. The facility also completed an air handler condensate recovery project in July 2011. Additionally, the facility plans to replace restroom fixtures with high-efficiency models, install 0.5 gpm faucet aerators throughout the facility, install and monitor make-up and blow-down flow meters on all cooling towers, and maximize cooling tower cycles of concentration. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (19 pp, 547K) was completed in September 2007.

Montgomery, Alabama, National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory (NAREL) (PDF) (20 pp, 241K). NAREL signed a water management plan in June 2010. In FY 2009 and FY 2010, the facility completed several water conservation projects, including: installing 0.5 gpm faucet aerators, capturing and reusing air handler condensate as cooling tower make-up water, fixing an issue with cooling tower blow down control, improving the control operation the RO system, improving the preventative maintenance procedures on a float-operated switch associated with the vacuum pump, installing 1.28 gpf toilets, and installing 0.5 gpf urinals. In addition, the facility is tracking the quantity of RO reject water to evaluate whether an opportunity exists to reuse it.

Chelmsford, Massachusetts, New England Regional Laboratory (NERL) (PDF) (20 pp, 286K). NERL revised its water management plan in June 2010. NERL is evaluating the capture of air handler condensate to be routed to the cooling tower and the replacement of urinals with high-efficiency or non-water models as future water conservation options. Xeriscaping is used throughout NERL's grounds, which incorporate native plant species, islands of trees and shrubs, and open areas planted with grasses and wildflowers. The landscape design eliminates the need for irrigation. Furthermore, the building and site design reroute stormwater so that approximately one-third of stormwater runoff recharges the nearby wetlands. The facility's first water management plan (PDF) (20 pp, 930K) was completed in December 2002.

Athens, Georgia, National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL), Ecosystem Research Division (PDF) (26 pp, 195K). NERL revised its water management plan in June 2010. Prior to FY 2007, the facility decreased water use by adding cooling tower capacity to optimize tower water use and replacing inefficient sterilizer equipment. In FY 2008, the facility retrofitted most of its restrooms with high-efficiency urinals and toilets (with flushing volumes of 0.125 gpf and 1.28 gpf, respectively), retrofitted lavatory faucets with 0.5 gpm aerators, and began capturing air handler condensate and routing it to the cooling tower to be used as make-up water. In FY 2011, the facility replaced the rest of its toilets, urinals, and faucets with high-efficiency models. NERL's first water management plan (PDF) (22 pp, 805K) was completed in July 2006.

Narragansett, Rhode Island, Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) Laboratory (PDF) (24 pp, 316K). AED revised its water management plan in June 2010. In FY 2011, AED began rainwater harvesting to irrigate a new green room and started capturing and reusing air handler condensate. In addition, the facility plans to eliminate continuous flow from a liquid ring pump reservoir and reduce the duration of fire suppression system testing. In FY 2007, the facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm and retrofitted restrooms with high-efficiency toilets and urinals. AED's first water management plan (PDF) (20 pp, 200K) was completed in October 2003. The laboratory also completed a sustainable master plan in 2004, which incorporated numerous water-related elements.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) (PDF) (21 pp, 180K). NVFEL revised its water management plan in June 2010. The laboratory is pursuing the use of RO concentrate as cooling tower make-up water, the capture and reuse of air handler condensate, and the metering of cooling tower blow down to receive a sewer charge deduction. In FY 2009, the facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm, installed 1.28 gpf toilets, and installed 0.125 gpf urinals. Previously, NVFEL reduced its water consumption by 78 percent from FY 1993-1995 (baseline) to FY 2002 as the result of an Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) designed to improve energy and water efficiency, demonstrating how water management plans and ESPCs could be integrated to provide greater water reductions. Ann Arbor's first water management plan (PDF) (19 pp, 270K), which is superseded by the updated plan, was completed in April 2003.

Cincinnati, Ohio, Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center (AWBERC) (PDF) (28 pp, 589K). AWBERC revised its water management plan in September 2009, which includes an evaluation of the Child Care facility opened in FY 2006. To reduce water consumption, the facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm, installed high-efficiency showerheads, installed water conservation kits to reduce steam sterilizer tempering water flow, replaced its vacuum pump with a dry system, and significantly reduced the use of single-pass cooling of mechanical systems (including replacing an ice maker which previously used single-pass cooling). The facility is in the process of retrofitting restrooms with high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets and high-efficiency urinals. It plans to discontinue single-pass cooling in the cold water booster pump and collect and reuse air handler condensate. AWBERC's first water management plan (PDF) (18 pp, 801K), which is superseded by the updated plan, was completed in June 2004.

Fort Meade, Maryland, Environmental Science Center (ESC) (PDF) (18 pp, 270K). ESC revised its water management plan in August 2009. Also in FY 2009, ESC began capturing air handler condensate and routing it to the cooling tower to use as make-up water and installed steam sterilizer water conservation kits to reduce the flow of tempering water. In FY 2008, the facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm, installed dual-flush toilets, and began capturing deionized/RO water prior to drain and routing it to the boiler condensate system as feed water. In addition, the facility plans to install WaterSense labeled urinals. ESC's first water management plan (PDF) (18 pp, 285K), which is superseded by the updated plan, was completed in December 2002.

Duluth, Minnesota, Mid-Continent Ecology Division (MED) Laboratory (PDF) (22 pp, 468K). MED revised its water management plan in August 2009. The laboratory already has multiple water conserving efforts in place, and EPA installed a culture water reclamation system to recycle 18 million gallons of water to nearby Lake Michigan in FY 2009. In FY 2010, the facility replaced its ice maker, which used single-pass cooling, with an ENERGY STAR qualified ice machine and retrofitted faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm. The facility plans to replace toilets and urinals with high-efficiency models and retrofit applicable toilets to dual-flush models. MED's first water management plan (PDF) (15 pp, 360K), which is superseded by the updated plan, was completed in January 2004.

Cincinnati, Ohio, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Testing and Evaluation Facility (PDF) (16 pp, 978K). The Testing and Evaluation Facility completed a water management plan in March 2009. To reduce water consumption, the facility retrofitted its lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm in FY 2009.

Cincinnati, Ohio, Center Hill Research Laboratory (PDF) (16 pp, 360K). The Center Hill Research Laboratory completed a water management plan in March 2009. To reduce water consumption, the facility retrofitted its lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm in FY 2008 and retrofitted its steam sterilizer to reduce the flow of tempering water in FY 2010. The facility plans to install WaterSense labeled urinals and eliminate single-pass cooling used for a piece of analytical equipment.

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) / Reproductive Toxicology Facility (RTF) (PDF) (18 pp, 384K). NHEERL completed a water management plan in February 2009. Between FY 2008 and FY 2010, the facility retrofitted lavatory faucets with 0.5 gpm aerators and eliminated the use of single-pass cooling on a piece of laboratory equipment.

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Research Triangle Park Campus including the Main Building, First Environments Early Learning Center, and National Computer Center (PDF) (40 pp, 747K). The campus completed a water management plan February 2009. In FY 2008, the Main Building retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm, optimized the cage and rack washing operation schedule, installed high-efficiency pre-rinse spray valves in the commercial kitchen, eliminated single-pass cooling, optimized the sequence of operations to reduce vacuum pump seal water flow, and implemented operational controls to reduce steam sterilizer tempering water use. In FY 2009 and 2010, the First Environments Early Learning Center also installed high-efficiency clothes washers, and the Main building adjusted tempering water flow to the boiler blow down drain.

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Chapel Hill Laboratory, ORD (PDF) (27 pp, 1005K). The Chapel Hill Laboratory completed a water management plan in February 2009. The facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm in April 2009. Since the water management plan was written, the facility has also combined two RO systems into one to increase efficiency and installed a water conservation kit on the steam sterilizer to reduce tempering water flow.

Athens, Georgia, Science and Ecosystem Support Division Laboratory (PDF) (19 pp, 405K). The facility completed a water management plan in July 2006. An irrigation audit was performed by an irrigation auditor certified by a WaterSense labeled program in FY 2008. The facility has chosen to discontinue use of its irrigation system and modify the landscape for xeriscaping. Also in FY 2008, the facility began capturing air handler condensate and routing it to the cooling tower to use as make-up water, and it retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm.

Richmond, California, Region 9 Laboratory (PDF) (16 pp, 308K). The Region 9 Laboratory completed a water management plan in June 2006. The facility retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm.

Edison, New Jersey, Region 2 Laboratory (PDF) (19 pp, 779K). The Region 2 Laboratory completed a water management plan in April 2006. The laboratory established an EMS to meet the facility's nine resource conservation goals. Additionally, the facility has identified seven EMS water management objectives to help reduce the discharge of pollutants to stormwater systems. The facility is capturing air handler condensate and routing it to the cooling tower to be used as make-up water. The facility also retrofitted lavatory faucets to flow at 0.5 gpm, installed water conservation kits for steam sterilizer trap cooling, and is recovering rain water to use for cooling tower make-up water.

 

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