Is “Yellow Snow” the Future of Snowmaking?By Michael Frank on February 4th, 2013
Turning recycled water from a sewage treatment plant into manufactured snow has caused a huge uproar for Arizona’s Snowbowl. And that’s in — no offense Flagstaff — a skiing backwater. Now imagine snowmaking from wastewater at Vail. John Rosenberg, fund manager at Stamford, Connecticut-based Loughlin Water Partners LP, which primarily invests in companies that develop products or technologies to mitigate water demand, says poop to piste is probably inevitable, especially in the water-starved West. For instance, for a second straight year snowpack is low in states like Colorado, which suffered a record drought last year. Snowbowl wasn’t the first resort in the nation to use treated wastewater, but it was the first to use it exclusively. In parched Australia, 22 percent of snowmaking is already derived from the effluent, a practice that started in 2007. A possibly scarier prospect: a too warm winter to make snow, period, which is just what much of the nation faced last March. Via Bloomberg.
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