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Adventist Health's Water Conservation Efforts

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HANFORD – Winter weather may be on its way, but the Central Valley is still dealing with severely dry conditions. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Hanford remains number two on a list of cities running out of water. To help conserve this precious resource, the Grounds Department at Adventist Health / Central Valley Network is taking steps to cut back water flows at all four hospitals (Adventist Medical Centers – Hanford, Selma, Reedley and Central Valley General Hospital) and at its Support Services facility on Lacey Boulevard in Hanford. So far this year, the department has reduced an estimated 2.1 million gallons of water during the irrigation season.

“Our groundskeepers have done so much work over the years to create a beautiful atmosphere, which is part of the healing process for our patients,” says William Ward, director of Maintenance. “Now, our long-term goal is to invest in less water-dependent landscape that is just as beautiful.”

Measures that the Grounds Department has taken include:

  •  Cutting back watering times and days
  • Converting spray heads to drip irrigation
  • Closing drip emitters where there are no plants
  • Eliminating new planting and refurbishments during the drought
“We want to do what we can to support our communities,” says Wayne Ferch, President/CEO of Adventist Health / Central Valley Network. “Reducing water during this time of drought is one way we can do this.”