City of Kamloops to further reduce carbon footprint at local rinks

The City of Kamloops has implemented a new strategy to further reduce its carbon footprint, by rethinking one of Canada's most treasured stereotypes—the Zamboni.

Ice resurfacers at Brocklehurst Arena, McArthur Island Sport Centre and Valleyview Arena started using cold water over the past year, instead of hot water.

The city estimates the switch resulted in $48,900 saved in energy costs.

As a result, the city's 2020 energy-reduction program plans on adding the Memorial Arena to the list of rinks later this year and the Sandman Centre further down the line.

"Ice rink facilities can be very energy-intensive," said Jeff Putnam, the city's parks and civic facilities manager in a release. "This change in our operating procedure has reduced our carbon footprint by the equivalent of 20 residential homes heated by natural gas each year."

The switch to a cold water ice flood system eliminates the need to heat large quantities of water produced by natural-gas-fired boilers, equivalent to 1,807 gigajoules.

— Justin Moore

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