California Hockey Rink Becomes First To Use Recycled Water

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Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, has become the first professional hockey arena in the United States to use recycled water. For the 2014-15 season of the Ontario Reign hockey team, the arena will create its ice rink out of recycled water while also using recycled water for the facility’s cooling towers. The initiative will result in an estimated savings of 5 million gallons of drinking water per year.
Citizens Business Bank Arena said in a release that it has taken several steps to cut its yearly water consumption, including installing low-flow faucets and waterless urinals. The news comes at a time when California is in a drought state of emergency, with rivers and reservoirs at record-low levels.
Eric Willin, COO, of EZFacility, a sports facility management software developer in Woodbury, New York, praised the effort, noting a recent spike in news of sports-related businesses finding more sustainable ways of operating. In addition, the move might positively influence individuals in the community and other businesses, Eric Willin said: “Hopefully, Citizens Business Bank Arena will inspire others to find ways of conserving water as well.”
Participants in the project include the City of Ontario and the Inland Empire Utilities agency, which is providing the recycled water, Citizens Business Bank arena said. The arena noted that it has been using recycled water for irrigation since 2008.