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 new automatic hand-washing machines in our product manufacturing areas and smart irrigation controllers for landscaping throughout our campuses.
From 2013 to 2018, Applied Medical experienced enormous growth in team members, manufacturing and office space, and device production. As we grow, we continue to manage our water usage through conservation efforts. The results of these efforts are reflected in our much slower rate of increase (26%) in water usage.
As part of our water saving measures, Applied Medical team members have refined manufacturing processes to reduce the amount of water needed to create a single product by 6.7% from 2013 to 2018.
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 facilities uses an advanced system that utilizes wastewater generated during our manufacturing processes for irrigation purposes.
At our European headquarters in Amersfoort, Netherlands, Applied Medical uses an underground rainwater infiltration system to temporarily store rainwater, so it can be absorbed into the earth 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.