Slideshow: Campus Green Areas Soak Up Rec Center Pool's Water
What do you do with 50,000 gallons of water when it's time to replaster a swimming pool? Just ask employees in the University of Arizona's Facilities Management department, who recently took on that challenge in partnership with Campus Recreation.
Last month, a team worked to drain the Student Recreation Center swimming pool, which will be resurfaced in the spring semester for the first time since it opened nearly two decades ago. The water, which went several days without being chlorinated in order to rid it of chemicals, was harvested and transported via a 5,000-gallon tanker trunk to various campus locations, where it was used to water the landscape.
"The end results â€“ the neighbors were very happy because we didn't have a lot of water being dispersed into their streets. And from a water harvesting standpoint, it was probably your perfect example of water harvesting," said Chris Kopach, director of Facilities Management at the UA.
"We literally had no complaints at all with the neighbors and when you're releasing that much water that's an amazing feat," he said.
The three-day project, headed by Rick Lower, Facilities Management's plumbing shop supervisor, was a collaboration between several campus units, including Facilities Management, Campus Recreation, Risk Management & Safety and the Campus Agricultural Center, which supplied the tanker truck.
The swimming pool resurfacing, which will include the installation of a tile block "A" in the shallow area and new tile around the pool, is expected to be completed in February by the Chandler-based company CDC Pools. The pool, which opened in 1991, was in need of replastering due to regular wear and tear, Kopach said.
The pool improvement project comes on the heels of the Student Recreation Center's 55,000-square-foot expansion, completed in the spring. Following the expansion, the center became the first building on campus to receive a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design.
You can check out images and hear Kopach talk more about the water harvesting project in this photo slideshow.Â