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Turning rainwater into an ice rink


Staff writers
January 21, 2013 — Without water -- and lots of it -- it's tough to make the quality ice surface needed by hockey teams. Ian Jacobs tells us the AHL's Abbotsford Heat has hit on an environmentally friendly solution.


The project saves about 850,000 litres of water per season.
The project saves about 850,000 litres of water per season.

This particular team skates on ice formed from rainwater collected from the roof of the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, making sure there's a plentiful supply of good ice for the arena's rink.

The water is filtered, stored in large containers in the centre's boiler room, and then used for resurfacing the already existing ice.

The project saves about 850,000 litres of water per season

The revolutionary system has earned the city of Abbotsford accolades and awards the project, which conserves water at a time of increasing drought conditions in North America.

With files from Ian Jacobs.

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