San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Saves Water During Severe Drought

GSA recently completed the first phrase of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) modernization and expansion project — establishing green building practices and further reducing water consumption and energy use in the process. This entailed the construction of all new northbound vehicle primary inspection lanes and booths, secondary vehicle inspection area, and the main headhouse.

The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry at night.
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry at night.

Some of the more notable sustainability elements and features include the use of photovoltaic and solar water heating panels atop the headhouse, the material used on the vehicle inspection canopied areas that gently filters natural light (eliminating the need for artificial electric daytime lighting), the use of xeriscaping, which eliminates wasteful use of water, drought resistant plants, low-flow water fixtures, and onsite water treatment facility.

Additional project successes include:

  • Energy cost savings of 36 percent.
  • A reduction of potable water use by 78 percent through the use of on-site captured rainwater, wastewater reuse, and condensate for flush fixtures.
  • Landscaping and irrigation systems designed to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 100 percent.
  • A reduction of total water used for irrigation by 84 percent.
  • Treatment of 100 percent of the wastewater for on-site use.
  • The capture and treatment of 90 percent of the storm water runoff to remove 80 percent of the average annual post-development Total Suspended Solids.

Given the severe drought conditions in California, GSA is pleased that the port’s water conservation features have been so successfully implemented in what the agency designed to be the “port of the future”. To learn more about San Ysidro Port of Entry, click here.