Parkland Hospital's laundry recycles water for 'green' savings



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Posted on January 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 16 at 9:37 PM

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DALLAS — Inside the campus at Parkland Memorial Hospital sits a 47,000 square foot facility for one purpose: To wash 10 million pounds of laundry every year.

The hospital now has a new high tech system that will save money and recycles water.

“We're recycling about 70 percent of the water we use,” said James Tucker, who is heading up Parkland Hospital’s new green initiative.

The savings are big — nearly 15 million gallons of water every year. That's how much 350 average households use per year, and every drop counts during this Texas drought.

“We're impacting the environment,” said Jay Dyck, manager of the laundry facility. “We're impacting the wash process and the money taxpayers are giving us every year.”

The system should pay for itself in three years. After that, it is all savings for the hospital, thanks to a multi-step process.

“Everything from the wash equipment drains into here,” Dyck explained as he showed News 8 the new system. “There is a pit underneath this…dirty waste water underneath this.”

That water is cleaned and disinfected and even exposed to ultraviolet light to purify it.

Then it is used again and again to clean linen for Parkland, Children's Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

It is all part of the motivation to go green.

“Basically so we can have these supplies for our future for our kids and our grandkids," Tucker said. "These days, when it comes to energy usage, carbon footprint, it's key that we reduce that impact to the environment.”

Parkland has a new team for green initiatives. From solar panels, to recycling systems, they will be rolling out several environmental goals throughout the year.