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


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