SoFi Stadium commits to recycled water usage

SoFi Stadium has taken its first delivery of recycled water through a partnership that will see it receive millions of gallons per year for usage such as landscape irrigation.

The West Basin Municipal Water District will produce and distribute recycled water for maintenance, irrigation and aesthetic purposes at the home of Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Reclaimed or recycled water is the process of converting wastewater into water that can be reused for other purposes. 

Combined with several recycled water connections nearby, the West Basin project will provide 26 million gallons of recycled water per year, saving an equal amount of drinking water for the region. The water, delivered via 27 connection points, will be used for Lake Park and the greenscapes surrounding the stadium.

West Basin, which maintains more than 450 recycled water system connections for municipal and industrial customers throughout Los Angeles County, said the use of an environmentally friendly source of water was an important commitment from the 300-acre sports and entertainment destination.

“SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park is a great example of public-private partnership. Together we are able to help reduce the use of our precious drinking water sources by investing in a recycled water system that is world class,” said West Basin board president Gloria Gray.

Lake Park, the central water feature at the SoFi Stadium development, consists of an upper and lower lake bridged by cascading waterfalls with a total volume of approximately 16 million gallons.

The nearly six acres of lake will utilise approximately 35 acre-feet of recycled water per year, the equivalent of 11.4 million gallons each year. One acre-foot of water is equal to about 326,000 gallons, which is enough water to cover an acre of land, about the size of SoFi Stadium’s football field, one foot deep.

Other parts of the property making use of recycled water include greenery along the street medians and parking lots and landscaped areas surrounding the stadium.

Jason Gannon, managing director for SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, said: “Onsite recycled water is vital for sustainable water usage at SoFi Stadium.

“The lakes on the property will serve as an irrigation reservoir for the more than 20 acres of public parks and open space surrounding Lake Park, with additional sustainability achieved by blending stormwater and runoff that is captured and cleaned through the wetlands.”

Photo courtesy of SoFi Stadium / Vantage Point Global, Inc.