"Our goal during 2014 was to use only re-purposed water to support our mission at the Strategic Computing Complex (SCC), and we achieved that goal", stated Cheryl Cabbil, associate director of Nuclear and High Hazard Operations, which administers the Sanitary Effluent Reclamation Facility (SERF).
The reclamation facility contributed more than 27 million gallons of re-purposed water to the SCC, a secured supercomputing facility that supports the Laboratory's national security mission and is one of the institution's larger water users.
"Using reclaimed water from SERF substantially decreased our water usage, supporting our overall mission", Cheryl Cabbil stated.
SERF collects industrial wastewater and treats it for reuse.
In addition to the strategic water reuse programme at SERF, the Laboratory reduced water use in 2014 by focusing conservation efforts on areas that use the most water, repairing leaks identified in routine surveys and upgrading to water-conserving fixtures.
"Part of our role as good stewards of the environment is to conserve finite resources such as water whenever possible", stated Michael Brandt, associate director of Environment, Safety and Health at the Laboratory. "Conserving water while achieving our mission is a great example of how we are pursuing long-term environmental sustainability."
A video that explains how SERF works is available online .