Water Use

Hunter Industries Corporate Park Restoration in San Marcos, CA
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Given growing concern about water scarcity and water quality, as well as greater interest in native habitats, Hunter elected to return 1.7 acres to its native habitat.

Water Use

Our headquarters is in the state of California, which is experiencing an unprecedented drought that is affecting watersheds and storage. On January 17, Governor Brown announced a drought state of emergency declaration to prepare for the consequences that will increasingly be felt throughout the year. The drought declaration follows a year of the lowest rainfall recorded during the last 160 years; all major reservoirs are well below average levels. A majority of the water consumed at our headquarters in San Marcos and operations in Tijuana are imported from elsewhere. Therefore, water issues in distant areas can have potential impact on our operations. To ensure we are using water as efficiently and responsibly as possible, Hunter utilizes an onsite well and a gray water system, and elected to return 1.7 acres back to its native habitat.

In 2013, we tracked our water use by source at our San Marcos and Tijuana facilities. Our goal is to reduce our water use by 25% from a 2014 baseline. With the addition of Mexico Plant #2 in January, 2014 we want to include the water used by this facility in our baseline total.

3.3 million gallons
[State Water Project]
2.8 million gallons
[San Diego local water]
257,000 gallons
[Tijuana local water]
5.2 million gallons
[Colorado River]
10.5 million gallons
[Colorado River]
8.2 million gallons
[Hunter Industries Well]


Responsible Water Use

Both healthy watersheds and storage are components of an adequate and reliable water supply needed to fuel our business. When either component is compromised, a shortage will occur affecting communities and ecosystems downstream - and we all live downstream from our water sources. The Colorado River supplied 52% of Hunter's 2013 water consumed. We understand that the health of the Colorado is vital to our success and the success of many communities in which we operate.

Water is Life

Because 30 million people in the West rely on the Colorado River, the river no longer meets it Delta. Communities and ecosystems south of the U.S./Mexico border no longer have the water needed to thrive. Hunter is resolute in its commitment to helping restore the Colorado River Delta, and has partnered with Sonoran Institute, Protect the Flows, and Raise the River.

Irrigation Audit

A majority of the water used on our San Marcos Campus is for irrigation use. We signed up for an external Irrigation Audit provided by our water district to ensure we are using water responsibly. The Audit lasted one day and covered the entire campus.

Recommend Actions:

  • Install submeters to monitor Irrigation vs. Industrial water use
  • Redesign irrigation where water delivery is blocked by shrubs
  • Develop a master landscape plan to replace large unused areas of turf
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On-Site Well

Utilizing our well reduces our reliance on water from other water-stressed areas of the state. Because a majority of Californians rely on water transported from far away, 20% of the state's electricity consumption goes toward water-related uses. In 2013, we consumed 8.2 million gallons from the well which equates to diverting 37,000 pounds of CO2 because the water doesn’t have to be transported via the State Water Project and Colorado River Aqueduct.

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Gray Water System

Our Tijuana facility was constructed with a 5,000 gallon gray water system. All sinks, showers, and test tanks are piped to a treatment tank, so water can be reused to irrigate the surrounding landscape. 

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Given growing concern about water scarcity and water quality, as well as greater interest in native habitats, Hunter elected to return 1.7 acres to its native habitat. From the wildlife agencies' perspective, this project represents an example that other private landowners might emulate. For Hunter, it constitutes an opportunity to showcase products in a different setting and save water.

Unlike the invasive plant material, none of the new plants will require fertilizer, thus creating a healthier habitat for critters and providing cleaner soil and downstream water.

All the new plants have habitat value and will increase the presence of pollinators, birds, reptiles, and mammals.

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Our headquarters is located at the middle basin of the San Marcos Creek. The creek basin is distinguished from arid surroundings by a shallow water table with abundant springs. Generally, the native soils are of a severely erodible character. The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board lists the San Marcos Creek and Lake San Marcos, an impoundment of the creek, as impaired bodies. The Batiquitos Lagoon, the creek's drainage basin, is an ecological reserve.

Hunter’s San Marcos headquarters includes 9 building covering 478,000 square feet.

  • 3 manufacturing plants
  • 1 warehouse/distribution center
  • 5 office buildings
  • 8-acre park

Our Mexico facility is located in the Tijuana River Watershed. The watershed feeds the Tijuana River Estuary at the U.S./Mexico border and is defined by hilly terrain. The 1,569-acre Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, is listed as one of 21 wetlands of international importance by the Ramsar Convention.

Hunter’s Mexico facility includes two buildings covering 288,700 square feet.

  • 2 manufacturing plants

With our properties situated upstream of two ecological reserves, Hunter is mindful of its impacts on its surroundings.

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Looking Forward

  • Install submetering to track water use by type (irrigation vs. industrial) at our headquarters
  • With data from submetering, perform an extensive irrigation audit 
  • Audit our Mexico irrigation usage
  • Develop master landscape plan
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