CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems has set an aggressive goal to reduce water consumption by 41 million gallons in 2015. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
UTC Aerospace Systems has 140 sites in more than 17 countries. Of these, 39 are located in water scarce regions and use manufacturing processes that require large amounts of water. "We recognize that we have a responsibility to local communities to reduce our water consumption," said Lisa Szewczul, vice president, Environment, Health & Safety, UTC Aerospace Systems, at a water conservation symposium held in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. "Our local teams have risen to the challenge and implemented effective solutions."
Earlier today, UTC Aerospace Systems hosted members of the local Santa Fe Springs business community for a symposium on water conservation and the initiatives that have helped local businesses meet targets set during the historic California drought.
UTC Aerospace Systems sites around the globe are contributing to water reduction efforts. The company's Aerostructures business based in Chula Vista, Calif., removed 51,000 square feet of lawn and replaced the lawn with a 7-foot wide walkway of decomposed granite, "water-smart" plants and decorative stone ground cover. This landscaping helped the site conserve 2 million gallons of water.
In addition to the Chula Vista facility, the company's Dijon, France, facility installed a rainwater tank to collect water for use in sanitary equipment and has reduced water consumption by 10 percent. "Water conservation is a challenge for many businesses, including those within our company," said Jean-Philippe Verhelle, general manager, Dijon facility. "We are sharing our insights to help our businesses install similar tanks to save even more water." More than 110 UTC Aerospace Systems sites are now evaluating this process for their facilities, and a site in Bangalore, India, now recycles 100 percent of its water through an on-site treatment facility and rainwater collection.
"These are just a few examples of the efforts being made across our business," added Szewczul. "Thanks to the leadership and efforts of our local teams, we are one step closer to our water reduction goal."
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base, with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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