Goal Update

System-Wide Baseline (2020): 45.31 gal/sq ft

Current (2023): 59.74 gal/sq ft (32% Increase)

Goal (2030): 40.78 gal/sq ft (10% reduction)


Recent Successes

Smart Irrigation Systems

Smart irrigation systems have been installed at all of the hospitals and larger medical office buildings, allowing for irrigation to be scheduled according to weather conditions. This helps us avoid running sprinklers while it’s raining, conserving water and energy.

Premium Dashboard

Methodist building managers now have access to a premium dashboard that depicts all of Methodist Health System’s building energy and water usage. The dashboard provides customizable views of utility usage to allow for faster analysis and response to trend abnormalities.

Upcoming Efforts

Smart Irrigation Systems

We will continue to deploy smart irrigation technologies across locations.

Chiller Upgrades

Mechanical upgrades will include more efficient chillers, which should also result in a decrease in water needed to cool our spaces.

Native Landscaping

Exploring landscaping that incorporates native and drought-tolerant plant varieties reduces the need for irrigation and provides other environmental benefits, such as pollinator habitat and carbon sequestration.

Water Increases

Overall, MHS’s water use has increased year over year, but so too has the impacts of warmer summers that are starting earlier in the year and the required changes in operation practices due to COVID 19. The warmer springs have necessitated the early start of campus irrigation systems and driven up demand for building cooling, resulting in higher water demands. The changes made in response to COVID 19 are being phased out as of Q4 2023 and we expect to see water usage return to pre-COVID levels in 2024.

Our Goals