I just came back from Las Vegas and had one hell of a waterfull vacation. I went to the Surfin show, visited a couple customers, looked at a new application, and of course, as I am Mister Las Vegas, had a lot of fun on the strip.
One of the things I love about Las Vegas is how potent water is as part of the atmosphere and attraction. From pools, fountains, aquariums and waterfalls, Vegas is loaded. I have embedded a few pictures as my favorites and decided to share a few thoughts about what it takes to maintain these water attractions.
As I have mentioned elsewhere in this blog, water is a dangerous and ever changing liquid. It likes to absorb, dissolve, and grow all kinds of chemicals and organisms. For these attractions that have tens of millions of gallons or more, keeping this water clean and beautiful is a constant battle and a very expensive one at that.
- The water has to be pretty
- The water can’t have odor
- The water can’t leave calcium scale or iron stains
- Evaporating water has to be constantly be replaced
- Debris constantly gets accidentally and purposely thrown in these attractions
- Diseases like Legionella cannot be tolerated
- Aquarium water must protect a very expensive fish, dolphin and shark population
I imagine most people don’t think about these things when they are in Las Vegas because they are too busy enjoying the experience. I guess that’s the way it should be. Nonetheless, I am amazed at how flawlessly places like Las Vegas care for and maintain their water attractions.
The next time you are somewhere that features a water attraction, if you are feeling generous, you might want to tell management to thank the engineering and maintenance staff for doing such a nice job making the water look so pretty. I promise you, it isn’t cheap to do.
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