Sporting Complexes and Water Usage
Sporting complexes need water for numerous daily operations, and the amount starts to add up. Everything from restrooms to kitchens to HVAC systems and even the playing surfaces use water.
Professional football stadiums in the United States use hundreds of thousands of gallons every game between dining, landscaping, cooling and others applications. An NHL arena uses between 12,000 and 15,000 gallons to create the ice surface alone.
On-site water treatment systems create the possibility for sports arenas to go green and save money by closing the loop that is their water supply and discharge.
Benefits of Sustainable Water Systems for Stadiums
Athletic facilities must meet demand while practicing environmental stewardship, and stadium water treatment systems are a path forward. There are a few primary benefits that water reuse systems for stadiums can bring, including:
- Reduced consumption: Water reuse systems reduce water consumption in sports facilities by doing more with each gallon. Many of the processes that make grass fields and ice surfaces game-ready can implement recycled water, meaning every drop goes a yard further.
- Lower costs: Athletic facilities reduce their operating costs when they can do more with less. Water management solutions for sports complexes make sustainability the most cost-effective option for any owner.
- Consistent supply: On-site water treatment systems give athletic facilities access to the quantities needed for all daily duties from field maintenance to cleaning, cooking and more. These closed-loop systems are self-sufficient, ensuring consistent water even when city utilities experience a disconnection.
NSU’s History of Excellence in Stadium Water Management
NSU’s water reuse systems for sports complexes have benefited clients across North America. Our experts developed Gillette Stadium’s water reuse facility — the largest in the state of Massachusetts. The New England Patriots’ system accounts for Foxborough’s inability to supply necessary water for game day and the municipal treatment facility’s failure to manage the excess water flow from the stadium.
NSU has also worked on various golf courses, including Hamilton Farm and Hawke Point in New Jersey, as well as the MacDonald Island sports complex in Alberta, Canada.
How Is Water Recycled in Stadiums?
Commercial businesses like stadiums use water every day. Large sports stadiums can reuse water for cost savings. Learn more about how water can be recycled in stadiums using innovative technology.
What Is Water Reuse?
Sports stadiums use water to hydrate grass, operate plumbing systems and clean various areas. Water reuse is the idea that water can undergo treatment so that it can be used more than once. Water recycling can significantly impact a business’s bottom line, as it’s often expensive to replenish water supplies for field maintenance and groundwork.
Essentially, water reuse involves collecting and repurposing water before it reenters the environment. Planned initiatives clean water to an appropriate level before you can use it for another application.
Types of Water Reuse
Below are three of the most common examples of reusable water types:
- Rainwater: Stadiums can collect stormwater and runoff for field maintenance purposes. Water sources undergo treatment, so nothing within the water will harm plants or grass.
- Plumbing water: Depending on the water reuse system, sports stadiums may reuse water from sinks once it’s cleaned.
- Cooling water: Some air conditioning systems and powered equipment use water for cooling. Stadiums may reuse water that brings internal combustion engines or power stations to safe operating temperatures.
The Water Reuse Process in Stadiums
The process for reusing water depends on your application needs. Generally, water collects in a storage tank, where it’s held for a period of time and filtered to remove contaminants. The right water recycling technology can treat thousands of gallons of water daily. Adopting this technology is an excellent way to keep baseball, football, soccer and other sports fields looking their best throughout the season.
Benefits of Water Reuse in Stadiums
Sports stadiums can save millions of gallons of water annually by utilizing water recycling technology. Whether you’re reusing stormwater, plumbing water or water used for landscaping, you’ll experience financial savings and the other benefits of running a more sustainable venue.
Companies like Natural Systems Utilities design water recycling systems for the sports industry. Upgrade your existing water treatment infrastructure for a greener future. We’ve been operating in the field since 1984 and have taken on countless projects, including a water reuse plan for Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.