South Jordan’s Merit Medical Systems just completed a xeriscape landscaping project at its headquarters at 1600 Merit Parkway, reducing water intensive plantings by nearly 75%.
The extensive project replaced nearly three acres of grass with more than 1,100 tons of decorative rock, 250 boulders and native drought-resistant plants and shrubs. The landscaping also includes a new drip irrigation system, designed to prevent water evaporation, and 56 new trees.
“Merit takes corporate citizenship seriously,” said Fred P. Lampropoulos, Merit Medical’s chairman and CEO. “Our xeriscaping initiative is one of several projects Merit is undertaking to reduce our environmental impact. Utah’s drought conditions make the need to protect our water resources urgent, and Merit is excited to be part of the solution.”
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and local officials joined Merit Medical in recognizing the green initiative that will save four million gallons of water each year. A celebration in late June honored the completion of the xeriscaping that was part of the H2Oath, a waterwise pledge to encourage water conservation efforts by families, businesses, cities, government agencies and statewide organizations. The Utah Division of Water Resources launched the H2Oath program in 2016.
“Thousands of people and organizations have taken the H2Oath,” Cox said. “Merit’s xeriscaping initiative is an example of a company doing what is right. This progress is encouraging, and I hope others continue to follow their example.”
Founded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of health care technology, employing more than 6,500 people worldwide.
South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey also attended the landscaping celebration and reiterated the urgent need to save water.
“South Jordan has citywide initiatives to make our community eco-friendlier,” she said. “Merit’s xeriscaping initiative helps to protect Utah’s natural resources and supports our community’s needs. The positive feedback and appreciation we have received from the South Jordan community has been phenomenal.” λ