Case Study: UTC Aerospace Systems Santa Fe Springs, California

As part of its continued focus on reducing water consumption, UTC Aerospace Systems opened its first U.S.-based water reclamation initiative at its manufacturing facility in Santa Fe Springs, California, in March 2018. The project will increase water savings by 25 million gallons at the site, adding substantially to the nearly 10 million gallons of water saved on the premises since 2013.

UTC Aerospace Systems has been working with the state of California and the local municipal water district for nearly three years in the planning, design and construction of the initiative. The water reclamation project will flow site-generated industrial wastewater to a city treatment facility, which will return the treated water to the Santa Fe Springs facility for industrial use. The water will be distributed through a separate connection with no impact to sanitary or drinking water at the location or in the surrounding community.

The Santa Fe Springs facility manufactures state-of-the-art carbon friction material utilized in civil and military aircraft brakes. The reclaimed water will support site operations.

As a longstanding local business, UTC Aerospace Systems has been committed to helping reduce the burden of drinking water usage in California, while also maintaining a pathway to continue business growth in the community. Since 2013, the seven California-based UTC Aerospace facilities have reduced water usage by 65 million gallons through high-profile initiatives, including water recycling, xeriscaping and low-flow fixtures, while eliminating leaks and overflow. These actions have contributed to the 313 million gallons of water saved across UTC Aerospace Systems locations since 2013.

“By moving to reclaimed water, we will now be using the same system that many local municipalities use for public irrigation and landscaping,” said Diego Torres, Director of Operations at UTC Aerospace Systems. “As a large industrial consumer, it’s great to know we are now able to preserve 25 million gallons of water for the region’s drinking water supply each year.”

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