At Applied Medical, we recognize the importance of water conservation and the challenges associated with water shortages, especially in Southern California where our corporate headquarters are located. As part of our ongoing conservation efforts, we have installed automatic hand-washing machines in our product manufacturing areas and smart irrigation controllers for landscaping throughout our campuses, along with other water conservation measures.
In 2020, Applied Medical experienced growth in manufacturing and office space, team members and device production, compared to 2019. As we grow in these areas, we continue to manage our water usage through sustainable conservation efforts and initiatives in both Southern California and the Netherlands.
As part of our water saving measures, Applied Medical team members have refined our manufacturing processes globally, reducing the amount of water needed to create a single product by 2.4% from 2019 to 2020.
Applied Medical utilizes a highly efficient water chiller system, which provides up to a 95% reduction in water use compared to traditional cooling towers.
To conserve water, one of our facility's uses an advanced system that utilizes waste water generated during our manufacturing processes for irrigation purposes.
At our European headquarters in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, Applied Medical uses a stormwater attenuation and infiltration system that diverts stormwater runoff underground so that it flows into the earth as groundwater instead of running into and overflowing the sewer. This system also helps reduce the need for irrigation in the immediate area where the infiltration crates are buried.