Dodger Stadium Battles Drought With Cutting-Edge 'Skywell' De-Humidifier 6/10/2015 12:00:00 AM by Peter Daut
As local residents and businesses continue to feel the pressure to use less water, all they have to do is look to the oldest Major League Baseball stadium on the west coast, who is hitting out out of the park for water conservation.
Dodger Stadium, which hosts millions of fans each year through baseball season, is using cutting-edge technology to conserve water, and is looking to the sky for solutions to the drought.
In Chavez Ravine, landscape manager Chaz Perea says the stadium is doing something no other Major League ballpark has ever done before. They are literally using water that is pulled out of thin air, using a new device called Skywell.
“We want to go out of the box,” Perea said. “We want to try new stuff. We want to get out of our comfort zone and let’s learn.”
The Skywell unit is essentially an enhanced de-humidifier. It sucks air in, and extracts the moisture.
“(It is moisture) that we can use for watering planting beds and trees, and some of the things we have around in our landscaping,” Senior Vice President of Stadium Operations Steve Ethier said.
One Skywell unit can generate as much as 100 gallons of purified water in just one day, according to Skywell’s CEO, Ron Dorfman. “This enables you to control your water availability for your particular needs.”
“This is technology I think can, and will, make a difference,” Dorfman said.
Dorfman, whose company is based in Santa Monica, was inspired by the drought to develop an alternative source for drinking water.
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