water conservation efforts paying off
To celebrate Earth Day 2010, Hartsfield-Jackson on April 22 announced a dramatic year-over-year reduction in water use at the world’s busiest airport.
Because of recent sustainability measures, the Airport used 86.7
million fewer gallons of water in 2009-10 than in 2007-08 —
enough water to fill about 130 Olympic-size swimming pools or more
than 10 Georgia Aquariums.
From April 2007 to March 2008, the Airport used 324.9 million gallons
of water. The following year, water usage dropped by nearly 8 percent.
Water consumption dropped by a further 61.2 million gallons —
20.4 percent — between April 2009 and March 2010.
More savings are expected in the next year because of a new program to collect and reuse naturally occurring groundwater found beneath the terminal and Concourse E. That water will replenish water that evaporates from the cooling towers in the Airport’s mechanical plants.
“We expect to harvest nearly 15.5 million gallons of groundwater annually,” Ozust said.
The AATC is a nonprofit organization established by the airlines
to maintain Hartsfield-Jackson’s passenger terminal.
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