Hot Pursuit: Taking Queue from Large Institutions in Water Conservation
Droughts are very hard to deal with: crops die due to heat, water shortage becomes a humongous threat to the area experiencing it, and health hazards like heat stroke and hypertension abound because of increased temperatures. So, given the numerous problems that such harsh climate can cause, water becomes even more important than it already is; it’s what we use to keep our crops alive and well, and it cools us down on days that are severely hot. But, since those droughts also cause a diminished supply, it becomes quite a challenge when it comes not only to conserving, but to finding new sources to find the resource as well.
In the midst of this crisis, some famous institutions have found ways to lessen their water consumption footprint in various ways.
Take Dodger Stadium, for example, which is home to the eponymous Los Angeles baseball team. Prior to the crisis the drought in California caused, their employees who are in charge of landscaping duties did not have a need for the surrounding trees and plants in and around the structure to be soaked with water. However, during the drought, a lot of their fully grown trees died at an accelerated rate. So, to save these natural wonders – their acacia, walnut, and eucalyptus trees among others – they opted for a revolutionary device that takes up moisture from the air and cools it down to turn it into water; it’s a condenser that can generate about 100 gallons of water from the air in only 3-4 days. Now, that might seem like a drop in the bucket given the size of Dodgers stadium, but it’s enough to keep the trees around it alive during extremely dry and barren times.
Another famous landmark that devised plans to counter the effects of the drought is Forest Lawn, the cemetery that serves as resting place for celebrities such as Buster Keaton and Brittany Murphy, which utilizes recycled water to serve as irrigation for their plants and trees. Aside from the recycled water they use, they also adopted a system that keeps watch on the weather to effectively determine how much irrigation is needed on a given day to reduce any wastage. Additionally, the installation of desert plans in and around the cemetery also keeps its tranquil ambience without resulting to increased water consumption.
Then, there’s the Getty Center, a center for art and culture, which stands on 110 acres of land in Santa Monica. To combat drought-laden seasons, they drain their fountains and pools in order to save an approximate 2,500 gallons of the precious resource every day. Although visitors were somewhat disappointed by the change in scenery during this time, they understand that it’s for a good cause.
Of course, water conservation and usage efficiency isn’t only limited to huge institutions and buildings; you can do your own part just by adding some water-conserving tools in your home. I’ve found a very detailed article on this topic, if you want to know more about it.
You can contribute your own part, but it may seem difficult if you’re unfamiliar with the proper methods and tools you need to take part in it, so there are a few things you should consider first. I hope that helps!