Feature Article - September 2004
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Water 101

Tips for squeezing every last drop of success out of your waterpark and splash play area

By Stacy St. Clair



  H2-WHOA!

It may be one of the country's best waterparks, but it's also one of the most environmentally friendly and cost-conscious. The Hyland Hills Parks and Recreation District in Colorado has saved thousands of dollars with an aggressive water-conversation program. Here's a look at how they've saved money and water.

  • Using reclaimed water for landscaping, saving millions of gallons of water per year
  • Planting low-water use perennials and xeroscaping in park and award-winning floral displays
  • Appointing a district-wide water conservation task force to recommend and monitor water conservation at all district facilities, including Water World
  • Using artificial turf instead of grass where feasible
  • Serving bottled soft drinks has saved more than 30,000 gallons of water per year because the beverages are not being poured over ice.
  • Installing splashguards to keep water in attractions
  • Installing a computerized, wireless controlled irrigation system that automatically shuts down when rainfall occurs or when there is a damaged irrigation head that could waste water
  • Always looking for new ways to save water