The San Diego County Water Authority Friday honored Japanese ceramics and electronics manufacturer Kyocera for reducing the annual water usage by its San Diego plant by nearly 20 percent since 2014.
The Water Authority presented Kyocera with the Water Innovation & Efficiency Award at the Industrial Environmental Association’s 34th annual Environmental Conference at the San Diego Convention Center. The award is the agency’s inaugural recognition of San Diego companies that are mindful of their water usage. Kyocera has reduced its water usage by more than 6 million gallons since 2014, resulting in an annual reduction of $62,500 in water costs, according to the Water Authority.
“Water is our most precious natural resource, and it’s so rewarding to see major employers like Kyocera redouble their efforts to use — and re-use — water efficiently,” said Jim Madaffer, vice chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “Corporate leadership like this, coupled with investments in water supply reliability, will help sustain our thriving economy and unparalleled quality of life.”
Kyocera’s North American division has been headquartered in San Diego since 1971 and employs 625 people at the San Diego plant. The company manufactures tech products like ceramic semiconductors and microelectronic devices.
“It takes a lot of water to manufacture the technology that surrounds us, and we must act in good conscience to recycle as much of that water as possible,” said Kyocera Divisional Vice President Meridith Marquis. “The fact that we can save money while doing this makes it a win-win all around.”
–City News Service
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