Sierra resort turns waste water into snow for upcoming season

The Soda Springs Mountain Resort is gearing up to launch a new program to make sure snow stays on the slops for skiers and snowboarders for the 2015-2016 season.

The mountain, along with the Donner Summit Public Utility District, will use recycled water to make snow.

"Snowmaking using recycled water provides a resource that supports a consistent and more predictable operating season, which has been a challenge with the lack of natural snowfall and available water for snowmaking in previous years," said Amy Ohran, General Manager of Soda Springs Mountain Resort in a press release. "We are proud to be the state's leader in using recycled water for snowmaking. We've made significant investments in our infrastructure that will generate a great mountain product and enhance guest experiences while conserving our region's valuable potable water supply."

To make this possible, DSPUD developed a state-of-the-art UV disinfection process that treats the waste water, resulting in pathogen-free clean water.

The water will also help water ways and it melts.

"We are proud to be developing skiing families. While we are starting off this year with great natural snowfall, we know that can change. Our new snowmaking system guarantees a successful season for our employees, guests and community," said Ohran.

Soda Springs will host an event to celebrate the program on December 19.


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