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Focus on America’s Cup water usage as drought continues in Spain

February 29 2024 - News Release News Editorial

Agbar, a water management and environmental services company, is set to provide critical support and promote sustainable solutions during the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup. 

Focus on America’s Cup water usage as drought continues in Spain

The sailing event is due to take place in Barcelona between August and October this year.

Spain is currently in the midst of experiencing a historic drought, which has hit Barcelona particularly hard. The use of Agbar’s reclaimed water supply will help to significantly reduce the water usage of the event.

Reclaimed water, following advanced treatment, will be used for new purposes such as cleaning the AC75, AC40 vessels and support boats, as well as Defender Emirates Team New Zealand’s race and chase boats.

All teams partaking in the America’s Cup have been notified by event organisers to conserve water as much as possible in the lead up to the regatta. Additionally, teams have been instructed to promote sustainability and the recycling of water wherever possible.

“We have to do everything that we can to reduce our environmental impact." Grant Dalton, Chief Executive of America’s Cup Events

“In Catalonia at the moment there’s a severe drought and it’s imperative that the America’s Cup community does everything that it can to act responsibly and with respect to the venue that is hosting the Louis Vuitton 37th America’s Cup,” said Grant Dalton, Chief Executive of America’s Cup Events.

“We have to do everything that we can to reduce our environmental impact. The partnership with Agbar is key to this and we look forward to forging a deep and mutually beneficial relationship with the company and its industry-leading professionals to drive the ambitious sustainability goals that we have set for the regatta.”

The partnership will also see the measurement of the environmental impact of events through the carbon and hydric footprints, and the establishment of drinking fountains around the event site.

Image: sterlinglanier Lanier on Unsplash

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