Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigating Sports Facilities
Water usage at sports facilities
Sports facilities consume a large quantity of water - whether it is used to irrigate the football pitch, as a dust-binding agent on tennis courts or to maintain shock-absorption surfaces in equestrian arenas. If clay tennis courts are not maintained by a steady water supply, the court surface dries out and cracks, allowing the surface material to be eroded by the wind. The court loses its cohesion and turns to silt, or the surface becomes uneven, resulting in uncontrolled ball bounce. Inadequate irrigation of grass pitches results in cracks, dead patches of grass and other damage.
Advantages of using rainwater
Precious mains water is often used for the applications described above. But there are absolutely no advantages in using expensively treated drinking water for this purpose. Clean rainwater is the ideal solution and is available at no cost at all. Using harvested rainwater reduces operating costs and conserves drinking water resources. The charges for draining rainwater into the public sewer system, as now prescribed by the Water Resources Act (Germany) can also be avoided.
Rainwater is soft. Its use does not produce any limescale deposits of the kind associated with hard tap water or groundwater. What is more, rainwater is available wherever you live.
Principle of rainwater harvesting at sports facilities
The drainage pipes from the existing roof surfaces are connected to the rainwater storage tank via the low-maintenance rainwater filter. Filtering the rainwater ensures that the water quality can be preserved for long periods of time so that high-quality water is immediately available on demand. The rainwater unit controls the system and ensures that the integral pump produces the required operating pressure whenever the irrigation system is switched on. Rainwater can also be used to flush toilets or for cleaning.
Are you planning to build a sports ground or a riding arena? Do you want to reduce the costs of running your existing sports facility? Please contact us or our planning partners. We will help you to save valuable drinking water and create a more independent water supply for your own use.