April 22, 2008
Staples Center and Nokia Theatre Among L. A.’s Leading Users
LOS ANGELES (April 22, 2008) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) joined in the “AEG Employee Earth Fair” today, Tuesday, to promote one of the largest installations of water efficient urinals at Staples Center and Nokia Theatre. At the noontime fair, attended by an estimated crowd of 300 people, the LADWP also distributed the latest energy saving compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) and water saving shower heads.
“We want to recognize AEG for its leadership in regard to environmentally-friendly practices,” said James B. McDaniel, senior assistant general manager of the LADWP’s water system who joined Councilmember Jan Perry (9th District) for the event.
The water efficient urinals use a half-gallon or less of water per use as compared to as much as 1.5 gallons per use. To encourage their installation, the LADWP has included water efficient urinals as part of its conservation rebate program, offering business and multi-family customers as much as $500 to replace inefficient urinals.
Staples Center is replacing 157 one gallon urinals with “waterfree” urinals and at Nokia Center/L.A. Live, 91 of the 0.5 gallon urinals were installed. LADWP has estimated that Staples Center will realize a savings of more than four 4 million gallons per year, enough water for 25 households annually, or 40.8 million gallons over 10 years. Nokia Center/L.A. Live will realize a saving of more than one1 million gallons per year, enough water for seven households annually, which translates to 11.8 million gallons over ten years.
“The LADWP encourages customers to avail themselves of the many rebate programs we offer that help to use water and power more efficiently,” said McDaniels.
As a result of numerous LADWP consumer programs and rebates including those for high efficiency toilets and clothes washers, weather-based irrigation controllers and other measures, annual water usage by LADWP customers remains at the same level as 25 years ago despite an increase in population in Los Angeles of one million people.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, provides reliable, low-cost water and power services to Los Angeles residents and businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. LADWP services about 1.4 million electric customers and 680,000 water customers in Los Angeles.
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Jane Galbraith, LADWP Public Affairs Division