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Posted on: June 23, 2021

Energy-efficient floodwater system installed at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex

Arena RealIce

Lacombe, Alberta (June 17, 2021) - The City of Lacombe has purchased and installed a cold floodwater treatment system at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex to reduce the facility operating costs and its environmental footprint.

The City's operations team will be using this floodwater alternative to build and maintain the ice on the Echo Energy and Echo Internet Arenas starting in the 2021-22 season.

"Lacombe is a winter sports and recreation destination," Mayor Grant Creasey said. "Council is pleased to see the City will be able to sustain that reputation, while at the same time reducing costs and keeping our local environment at the forefront."

The system utilizes water pressure only to treat the water used to flood the rinks; it integrates into the arena's existing plumbing at the filling station; and has a 25-year lifespan.

The new system, called REALice, is made possible by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre's REC program which is rebating 75% of the costs.

"We're excited to be using this technology," says Manager of Parks and Facilities Calvin Bennefield. "By using colder water for ice making with the REALice system, we'll be reducing the energy we use at the arenas while still being able to provide great ice to our many groups."

The new technology promises to reduce the City’s natural gas use by 750 GJ and total electricity use by almost 100,000 kWh each year. Not only will the system reduce municipal costs, it will also make the facility more environmentally friendly by reducing carbon emissions.

This project aligns with City Council's strategic goal: “The City leverages technology in the delivery and management of services.”

For additional information, contact:
Todd Vaughan
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
(403)782-1236 office
(403)877-4394 cell
tvaughan@lacombe.ca

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