Toyota Water Stewardship: A New Approach to Conserving H2O


Toyota water steward

Toyota is increasing its efforts when it comes to water stewardship with a new watershed effort. Toyota’s Portland Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC) was recently redesigned with a focus on water conservation and cleanliness. Located on the Willamette River, the VDC is designed to be as eco-friendly as possible.

According to Toyota, the Toyota water stewardship effort consists of multiple projects, including collecting rain water, storing toilet water in underground tanks, toilets with dual-function flushes, and specially trained personnel. There is also a four-acre bioswale, which is a series of low ditches made to hold water during runoff.

“The bioswale serves as a protected wildlife habitat,” says Doug Warneke, production supervisor at the VDC. “We’ve seen eagles, geese, ducks, rabbits, coyotes and other critters.” The bioswale improves the quality of water running into the Willamette River, helping to conserve wildlife habitats.

Toyota has also installed filters to help absorb oil from the road and parking lot, the brand is using vegetable-based hydraulic oils, native drought-resistant plants for landscaping, not using pesticides, and is also partnering with the community for river cleanups. “We choose to stay in the program,” says Brent LaFollette, safety and environmental administrator at the facility. “It’s a good way for us to remain vigilant about water quality.”

Still curious about Toyota’s water stewardship efforts? Visit the Toyota Environmental Report for more information.

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