Hoosiers love their sports teams, and we have some really great ones – the Pacers, the Colts, Indy Eleven, and more! Water use is important in athletics, not only to keep athletes hydrated, but to maintain sports arenas and athletic facilities.
Water is used for processes, landscaping, and sanitary uses for sporting arenas.
- Football and soccer fields are exceptionally large, and natural turf requires frequent watering to maintain. Carefully selecting hardy turf grasses appropriate for the use and growing conditions can aid sports facilities in producing quality turf and lowering the amount of water needed to grow and maintain fields. Mowing height and aeration can also decrease the water supply necessary to maintain a sports field.
- Any arena where fans come to watch is equipped with toilets and sinks, as well as athlete locker rooms. Wastewater recycling and rainwater harvesting can also be used by sports facilities to lower water consumption.
Sports facilities can enlist the assistance of water conservation contractors to assess their water consumption. A water audit will show a facility how their water is used, and create recommendations to improve water conservation. Enacting conservation measures is not only environmentally beneficial, but can also lower facility operating costs.
For example, the Seattle Mariners were able to cut water usage from 2006 to 2011, lowering annual utility costs by $1.5 million through the reduction of water use. MetLife Stadium invested in water-efficient plumbing systems and fixtures to generate an annual water savings of approximately 25 percent.
Indiana American Water delivers quality, reliable water for more than 300,000 customers, or about 1.2 million residents across the Hoosier state. We invest in the health of our treatment facilities and distribution system infrastructure on a regular basis. A portion of every bill is dedicated to replacing or rehabilitating aging infrastructure. In the last two years alone, we have proactively invested more than $140 million in our water infrastructure across the state.
If you want to learn more about how you can use water wisely in your home or business, visit us online at https://amwater.com/inaw/water-information/wise-water-use