Water Conservation and Retention

catchment tanks
Alcatraz Rainwater Catchment Tanks

Water is an important and limited resource in California. Conserving water not only preserves a limited resource, but also reduces the energy used for water treatment and transport. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area uses several methods to conserve water.

Facilities throughout the park have low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets to decrease water usage. Laundry facilities at Cavallo Point Lodge use a state of the art water reclamation system that reduces water use by 65 percent. Land's End Lookout retains and treats storm water on site, reducing the impact of storm water runoff on municipal systems. At the Crissy Field Center, over 50 percent of water used to flush toilets is supplied by a 5,000 gallon rain catchment system. Alcatraz, too, uses a rainwater catchment system to water landscaping on the island.

We also conserve water by choosing drought tolerant plants and efficient irrigation systems. Drought tolerant grass at Fort Baker reduces watering during summer months. An efficient irrigation system at the Great Meadow in Fort Mason saves 20 percent of the annual water use. The Native Plant Nurseries managed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy also use water-efficient techniques for propagation.

Last updated: July 19, 2019

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