REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – March 1, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and West Basin Municipal Water District today announced the beginning of a pilot project that will enable the use of recycled water for three cooling towers located at the company’s Redondo Beach facility. By using West Basin’s locally-produced recycled water for the cooling towers, Northrop Grumman is initially projected to save up to 16 million gallons of drinking water per year.
“Northrop Grumman continuously strives to become a more sustainable business, by conducting all of its operations in an environmentally responsible manner,” said John Murnane, vice president, global operations and Space Park/El Segundo site manager, Northrop Grumman. “Given that southern California is vulnerable to periodic droughts, sometimes quite serious ones, our company wanted to do its part to reduce our impact on the region’s supply of drinking water.”
“As we continue to grow the District’s water recycling program, we’re excited to welcome Northrop Grumman as a new customer. We applaud their commitment to a diversified water portfolio as they address drought resiliency,” said Carol Kwan, West Basin division III director, who represents the Redondo Beach area. “Collaborative efforts on such innovative pilot projects provide great value to both the customer and the region in decreasing our use of potable water resources.”
Northrop Grumman made significant infrastructure investments to facilitate the use of recycled water in its cooling towers in Redondo Beach. Additional support for this project was made possible through Proposition 84 funding from the State of California Department of Water Resources, administered by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. California Water Service provided the meter design and installation.
The Redondo Beach facility has already reduced water consumption by 25.6 million gallons between 2014 and 2017. This will help Northrop Grumman to reach its goal to reduce water use by 20 percent across the company by 2020.
Along with environmental sustainability, supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our schools, is also a key part of Northrop Grumman’s corporate responsibility commitment. Recently, the company was able to bring the two together with another water conservation effort.
Last October the Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsored the EarthEcho International Water by Design expedition, a program that brought 26 middle school teachers to Southern California for an exploration of water scarcity, led by explorer and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau, Jr. The teachers created lesson plans, videos and other resources for use in the classroom to help inspire students in STEM and expose them to the important global challenge of water scarcity.
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