The city of Goodyear, Ariz., is home to the spring training facility for the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians baseball teams. The Goodyear Ball Park Complex comprises 17 baseball fields across 105 acres and is the largest consumptive water user in the city. Historically, reclaimed water was used to water the fields, but these water resources were becoming more vital for underground storage to help drought-proof the city.
The city partnered with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which is responsible for the Phoenix Goodyear Airport South Superfund Site, located near the training facility. The team opted to remove a portion of the remediated water from the Superfund site for irrigation at the training facility.
Approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the removal of the water helps expedite the cleanup process at the Superfund site. The city receives the water free of charge, saving $250,000 per year in taxpayer funds for water commodity costs and the city’s groundwater replenishment exemption, as well as an additional $50,000 in annual savings because additional water does not need to be purchased and replenished.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. constructed a line to deliver remediated groundwater to an interconnect with the city’s constructed line that would be able to take this water to the ballpark complex water reservoir for irrigation. When water demand is lower, a portion of this water is discharged into an irrigation channel where farmers within the irrigation district can use it. A transducer within the training facility signals the main valve to send water to the ballpark or, if the reservoir is full, to the irrigation district.
“The city of Goodyear challenges itself to lead by example wherever it can. We are always looking for innovative and collaborative ways to solve complex problems, find economies of scale, improve efficiencies and save tax dollars,” said Georgia Lord, mayor of Goodyear. “This project underscores our efforts to work collaboratively with our federal, state, regional and local partners and provides a creative way to assist in the Superfund cleanup efforts while receiving free water that is being used to irrigate the city’s major league ballpark complex, home to the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds, and saving the city taxpayers $300,000 per year.”