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Pats vs Falcons: Super Strategy for Water Reuse

Written by Jill Burdette

OWC2.1Let’s play some football. Everyone is ready for the football game of the year—the Super Bowl. This year the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. The Super Bowl is something football fans look forward to every year. As Super Bowl LI quickly approaches, I decided to revisit one of my past topics on water and football.

The Atlanta Falcons are doing some good things this year on and off the football field. The Atlanta Falcons are ranked as the number one offense in 2016, leading in total yards per game, and total passing yards per game. The Falcons are also leading the way in water conservation at their new state of the art stadium by meeting the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC) standards. explains that this began “at the early stages of the project, when a preliminary water analysis was performed to focus on significantly reducing potable water demands both within and outside the stadium. Efficient plumbing fixtures and rainwater-harvesting will be utilized as an alternate source for cooling tower equipment and landscape irrigation.”

The New England Patriots (which do not lead the NFL today in any of the main offense or defense statistics) were one of the first teams to implement water reuse at their stadium. When building the stadium, they needed to consider the strain it might put on the town’s water supply. The stadium uses recycled water for several purposes around the stadium and Patriot place including flushing toilets. Per WaterWorld, the Gillette Stadium “wastewater recycling system treats an average of 90,000 gallons per day and saves an estimated 12 million gallons of water per year, easing the strain on the town’s potable water supplies and infrastructure.”

Only two teams are in the Super Bowl, but many teams across the country are helping to conserve water, with retrofits in existing facilities, and from the ground up in new stadiums. I am so pleased to see all these new processes and initiatives that change the way we think. My children dream of playing sports as they go through college and beyond. Many children have this same dream, while other children around the world dream of having clean water. As you watch the big game on Sunday, cheer on your favorite team, and know that both teams on the field are doing their part to help make OUR WATER COUNT.

Jill Burdette

Jill Burdette is the Business Development Manager at GE Automation & Controls. Jill has had diverse project experience with many vertical industries, as well as a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In her current role at GE, Jill spends her time with customers exploring what their biggest challenges are and how GE can solve them.

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