How 4 Iconic Places in Los Angeles Are Saving Water 5/29/2015 12:00:00 AM by Degen Pener

Before the drought, Dodger Stadium workers never had to soak trees and plants surrounding the 56,000-capacity ballpark and its sprawling parking lots. “These areas haven’t had any supplemental irrigation since somewhere in the ’80s,” says Dodgers landscape manager Chaz Perea. “Now a tremendous amount of mature trees are dying back. We’ve lost many of them.”

To save the acacia, eucalyptus, sumac, and walnut trees, the ballpark is trying an experimental device, created by a company called Skywell, that pulls moisture out of the air and cools it to produce water droplets. During humid periods, the machine works by the process of condensation, cooling atmospheric water below its dew point. It generates 100 gallons of water in a few days. While that’s hardly a tidal wave, it’s enough to keep many trees on life support during the drought without bringing up the stadium’s overall usage of imported water. “The less humid it is, the less good the cost-benefit is, though,” says Perea. “We feel it’s important to experiment with new technology.”

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How 4 Iconic Places in Los Angeles Are Saving Water

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