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  • Between the water fountains, the regular fountains, the pools, the water rides and well, that

  • [No privacy at all around this place!] it's no surprise that Disney World goes through

  • a lot of water on any given day.

  • But just how much water is used at Walt Disney World?

  • To cut straight to the chase, a lot.

  • According to the Reedy Creek Improvement District's 2017 Utilities Report, the district used nearly

  • six billion gallons of water that year.

  • That averages out to around 16.1 million gallons every single day.

  • So how do we know this and what does this figure account for?

  • Well if you've watched my past videos on how much waste is generated at Disney and

  • how much electricity is used, you can probably skip ahead a little bit, because the story

  • is essentially the same.

  • The reason we know this figure is because of the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

  • Back in the 1960s when Disney World was still just an idea, it was intended to be a lot

  • more than just a vacation destination.

  • Walt had plans for EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

  • It was going to be a real inhabited city that would remain on the cutting edge of progress,

  • to serve as an example of what other cities around the world could achieve themselves.

  • In order to do that, Disney needed the autonomy that would allow them to pursue brand new

  • and experimental methods of construction and governance that traditional red tape would

  • otherwise hold back.

  • That's where the Reedy Creek Improvement District came in.

  • I have another video all about the District that goes into more depth, but the short version

  • is that the district was formed to fit the land that Disney owned so that they would

  • effectively have control over the jurisdiction.

  • In other words while Disney technically doesn't own the Reedy Creek Improvement District,

  • it is essentially controlled by them and represents their Florida land.

  • So these utility figures encompass all of their land, and not much else.

  • That means that this 5.9 billion gallons covers a lot.

  • Everything from the tap water to the fountains and pools to water rides to toilet water and

  • sprinkler systems.

  • Even the water used in all of the behind-the-scenes buildings across the entire property is accounted for.

  • Pumping that much water is no easy task.

  • Reedy Creek is permitted to draw from 8 water wells that tap into the upper Floridan Aquifer,

  • and they use four water pumping stations that have a collective capacity of 59 million gallons

  • per day which then distributes the water through over 70 miles of pipe.

  • On top of that they have five above ground water storage tanks that, together, can hold

  • over 7 million gallons of water.

  • This is their backup water that they'll tap into for the few times where the demand

  • surpasses the water pump capacity.

  • This, as you might expect, is more likely to happen during the hotter summer months.

  • For instance last June they were averaging around 20 million gallons a day rather than

  • the annual average of 16 million gallons per day.

  • Now about that number.

  • 16.1 million gallons of water a day.

  • What does that look like?

  • Just how much water is that?

  • Well, since apparently everybody likes to use olympic sized swimming pools as a unit

  • of measurement, that amounts to 24 and a half olympic sized swimming pools.

  • To use a more relevant comparison, and to also highlight just how massive these tanks

  • are, the daily water usage at Walt Disney World would fill up the salt water tanks at

  • the Seas in Epcot 2.8 times.

  • Lastly, to use a completely ridiculous comparison, if you were to take all of that water and

  • put them in your standard bottle of water, it would fill 122.6 million bottles.

  • At Disney prices that many water bottles would cost you nearly 370 million dollars.

  • So what happens to all of this water?

  • Beyond what people drink, where does it go?

  • Well Reedy Creek also happens to have a pretty powerful wastewater system that cleans and

  • prepares water for reuse.

  • While the district used 5.9 billion gallons last year, the wastewater system processed

  • 4.8 billion gallons.

  • The district uses over 60 miles of sewer to collect wastewater that then gets treated

  • at their plant which is capable of treating up to 20 million gallons per day.

  • In fact the system is so efficient that as of last year it has also been helping to treat

  • wastewater from western Orange County while the county is building a new facility for themselves.

  • Now that treated water becomes non-potable reclaimed water, which means it's not meant

  • for drinking.

  • While the water itself tests above the health standards of drinking water, it's still

  • classed as non-potable since it carries a slightly higher risk of transmitting disease

  • from that wholewastepart ofwastewater”.

  • So essentially Disney will reuse as much as it can for purposes that don't involve human consumption.

  • For instance most of it is used for irrigating lawns, cleaning vehicles, street cleaning,

  • fire suppression systems and, well, toilets.

  • Like all of the other utilities on Walt Disney World property, Reedy Creek doesn't mess

  • around when it comes to water.

  • They know that while it may seem like just a vacation destination to us, it takes a city's worth of

  • effort, planning, and most importantly people, to make it all work.

Between the water fountains, the regular fountains, the pools, the water rides and well, that

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華特迪士尼樂園的用水量是多少? (How Much Water is Used at Walt Disney World?)

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    jeff 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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