Waterpark’s pump motors aren’t roaring as much following a project completed with help from Idaho Power Co.
The Meridian water park, Roaring Springs, this spring installed variable-frequency drives on nine of its pump motors. The new drives allow park operators to slow down or speed up the motors depending on water flow needed at each attraction, Roaring Springs said in a release. The improved efficiency has allowed the park to turn off six of its 25 pumps.
Roaring Springs said the project will save more than 822,000 kilowatt hours per year, an approximately $65,000 annual savings on the park’s power bills and thus “more capital for the park to invest in improvements and new attractions.” A kilowatt is 1,000 watts.
Idaho Power issued a $75,600 rebate check toward the $108,000 project through the utility’s Custom Efficiency Program. The project also involved Primary Electric and Tikker Engineering.
Roaring Springs this summer started a recycling program, locating 18 recycling barrels throughout the park with help from Coca-Cola.