City of Leduc uses LRC shutdown to install cost-saving devices

Monday, September 21, 2020

The City of Leduc will be running cold this upcoming season saying good-bye to its reliance on hot water to create and maintain ice in the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC).

“We couldn’t be more excited for this new technology,” says Mayor Bob Young with the City of Leduc. “With the facility shutdown earlier this year, it was a no-brainer to utilize this time to install these devices that will help us save operating dollars after the first year of use. It only made sense to us, and it aligns with our Environmental Sustainability Plan.”

In May, Leduc City Council gave the green light during the COVID-19 facility shutdown to install the new devices called REALice® which is a water treatment system for arenas eliminating the need for hot water when building and resurfacing ice. According to their website, this system provides the following benefits:

  • Reduction in energy costs
  • Creates a harder, smoother ice surface
  • Less condensation and rust on structural beams

The project is expected to save 236 tonnes of CO2 annually, which equals 51 passenger vehicles driven in one year.

The city’s projected return-on-investment of roughly $13,000 (annually) will be realized after two full years in operation for the three ice surfaces. The city’s total investment is $76,000, with potential access of up to $50,000 through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre grant.

For more information, contact the City of Leduc by emailing info@leduc.ca or call 789-980-7177.
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