Studies – Eisenhower Medical Center

In 2009 the Eisenhower Medical Center in La Quinta, California was facing a serious problem. The Coachella Valley Water District would not allow discharging chemically treated water into the district’s water treatment system. As a result, the 93,000 square foot hospital was faced with constructing a holding pond or tank, at a cost of more than $250,000.

Aerial view of the Eisenhower Medical Center
near Palm Springs, California

Even with a pond or tank, the center still needed to get rid of the effluent water, and estimates put trucking and disposal costs at least $250,000 per year, according to administrators. The medical center discovered Descal-A-Matic as a viable alternative to chemically treating water for their surgery centers and other hospital uses and immediately recognized a huge savings and return on investment, including saving maintenance costs.

“Since the system was installed in September 2009 we have saved 75 percent of the water compared to chemical treatment,” said Charles Morris, project manager for the center. “We also use the discharged water in our irrigation system, so we really don’t lose any water once we buy it.”