STORY OF A RETROFIT: LA CONVENTION CENTER

With California approaching its fourth year of extreme drought, the Los Angeles Convention Center  recently launched a massive retrofit project for its over 700 toilets and 30 urinals in a step to achieve greater water conservation. As more than 2 million visitors and 350 events are hosted by the center each year, the project is expected to save the building, as well as the city, millions in gallons annually.

The LA Convention Center worked in conjunction with us and our partner Sloan to outfit its restrooms with the latest in high-efficiency toilets and waterless urinals. The project took place on the week of September 14th.

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As mandated by Governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) must reduce its overall water consumption by 16% lest it be subject to fines by the state of up to $10,000 per day. Most recent data by the SWRCB shows that in last August alone the LADWP consumed over 14 billion gallons of potable water with 28% of that water originating from the commercial sector.

Significant efforts then have been made by the LADWP to encourage more businesses and commercial buildings like the LA Convention Center to reduce water use. And knowing that 15% of the water consumed in the commercial sector comes from restroom use, it opens up a huge opportunity for retrofitting.

Way to go LA Convention Center! This is one more venue we are proud to be a part of.