Riders and spectators at this year’s Santos Tour Down Under can escape the hot weather and keep cool thanks to unique new ’cool zones’ created by SA Water.
Throughout the event, hundreds of water misting jets will be providing refreshing blasts of cool air to people visiting Victoria Square’s City of Adelaide Tour Village, and help them manage the warm conditions forecast for the duration of the race.
SA Water’s Manager of Environmental Opportunities Greg Ingleton said the misting systems were incorporated into the Tour Village after a successful debut last weekend at the corporate hospitality facility for the Down Under Classic and Women’s Tour Down Under southaustralia.com Stage 4 .
“Just like with gardens and lawns, cooling the human body is helped by the evaporation of water or mist, which combined with shade can significantly reduce our overall core temperature,” Greg said.
“Our ’cool zones’ provide a refreshing blast for patrons in both a water and cost-effective way, with each jet using around $0.01 worth of water per hour to operate.”
Executive Director of Events South Australia Hitaf Rash said the misting jets have been a valuable addition to the event during this hot weather.
“This is a terrific initiative by SA Water to help keep our spectators cool, and we have enjoyed partnering with them to make this possible,” Hitaf said.
SA Water’s ‘cool zones’ follows on from current trials looking at ways to keep suburban houses and gardens cool, as well as its world-first heat mitigation trial at Adelaide Airport which demonstrated targeted watering can reduce the surrounding air temperature by at least three degrees.
SA Water also recently installed a similar misting system at TreeClimb in the Adelaide Park Lands, to help keep aerial adventurers cool over the busy summer school holiday period.
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