Sustainability

OCTA, Calif. agencies launch water conservation initiative

Posted on May 26, 2015

Elected officials, along with transportation and water-district leaders, gathered to launch a multi-agency water conservation campaign in Orange County, Calif., with the message, “Every Drop Counts,” to help raise awareness and address the state’s severe drought.

A bus wrapped with the conservation messages was unveiled with the help of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) board of directors outside OCTA’s headquarters. Other public agencies participating in the campaign include Caltrans, the County of Orange, Irvine Ranch Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Transportation Corridor Agencies.

Along with wrapped buses, the campaign will include printing and distributing window clings with the conservation message at public events that agencies also will use on their fleets.

Internally, OCTA has embraced the message that every drop counts for many years. The agency has cut back by 21% on its water usage by washing buses less frequently, installing drought-resistant landscaping, and installing low-flow faucets and toilets at all bases and transit centers.

Prior to 2005, OCTA washed its buses daily. That year, the number was cut to three times a week and was further cut to twice a week. In addition, a treatment system was installed to reclaim and filter the water for reuse, saving about 30 gallons each wash.

Low-water vegetation and artificial turf will continue to be planted when possible and low-flow toilets and faucets will continue to replace the older models on OCTA’s properties.

OCTA’s partnering agencies are also leading their own efforts to cut back on water use and encourage others to save every drop possible.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

BYD debuts SkyRail at Mayors Summit in Mexico City

BYD President/Chairman Wang Chuanfu made the announcement as he called on countries around the world to reduce the earth’s temperature by 1 degree Celsius.

CCW wins contract to convert 4 Calif. buses to all-electric ZEPS system

This contract comes on the heels of a project CCW completed in December 2015 for GTrans, in which one gasoline hybrid bus was converted to ZEPS technology.

Marin Transit to add 2 BYD electric buses

The $1.6 million pilot project will evaluate the performance, reliability, cost, and sustainability of the buses on various routes throughout Marin County.

CCCTA adds WAVE in-route wireless charging at BART station

The system uses a charging pad that lies flush with the pavement, is sturdy enough to be run over all day without damage, and wirelessly charges the bus during routine stops.

EXCLUSIVE: Europe's Air Pollution Issues and Some Cities' Solutions

Much of the impact of pollution has been as a result of waves of industry and resource extraction and processing, but much is also as a result of our lifestyle choices and, in particular, the choices that we have made in terms of mobility.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close