Water conservation

Raingarden at Edmonds PCC

At PCC clean, fresh water is never taken for granted. Our business depends on it, from sourcing healthy local food crops and seafood, to running our in-store kitchens. We follow water conservation practices and support organizations dedicated to water quality preservation.

We monitor water consumption on a monthly basis and conservation measures are in place at each location. These include faucet aerators and low-flow toilets and urinals. A dual-flush system is in place at our Issaquah store.

Rainwater cistern at Edmonds PCC

Rainwater harvesting

Every year billions of gallons of stormwater runoff from rooftops and parking lots go into the stormwater system and directly into Puget Sound, the inland waterway essential to the survival of our region. This water carries oil, pollutants and sediments along with it, which negatively impact our region's ecosystem. In constructing our Edmonds store, opened in 2008, we had the opportunity to lessen this impact and divert water from the stormwater system.

Rainwater from our Edmonds store's roof is collected and stored in an adjacent cistern. After passing through a series of pipes and filters, the water is used to flush toilets and irrigate landscaping. Rainwater from the parking lot flows into two rain gardens. These landscaped areas collect the water, reducing the burden on the stormwater system. Native plants in the gardens help to minimize water usage and, together with soil amendments, filter the pollutants as water soaks into the ground. Eventually the water — significantly cleaner than it began — makes its way to Puget Sound ... naturally.

Its rooftop rainwater harvesting system and rain gardens helped the Edmonds PCC become the first retailer in Washington State to earn Salmon-Safe certification.

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