A recent article written by Ken Belson in the New York Times talks about the amount of water that sports stadiums and arenas use in drought affected and non-affected areas and the conservation measures they are taking. Irrigation is not the only water use at stadiums. Sinks, toilets, urinals, as well as running water for cleaning and cooking are examples of opportunities where water can be conserved.
Water is one of the main ingredients for sports teams to operate. In hockey, you need about 12,500 gallons of water to make the ice. After the fans leave and all the trash is picked up, the stadium or arena needs to be pressure washed to get all the dirt, grime and condiments off the floor and seats. When you’re dealing with buildings of that size, you’re dealing with a lot of water.
The article not only highlights measures stadium owners are taking, but also shows where there needs to be more widespread conservation efforts. The take home from this article is that no matter what you do, water is involved to make it happen. Once we become aware of that and that it’s not an unlimited resource, then we can really make a collective push for more sustainable water use options.
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