SeaWorld San Diego is getting creative to make sure California’s precious freshwater doesn’t just go down the drain.
The park announced Tuesday it has included a saltwater flushing system in its newest restroom. With it, officials expect to save about 1.3 million gallons of freshwater a year.
The premise uses a big circle of ocean water. The bathroom plumbing pulls from Mission Bay – a move allowed under SeaWorld’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, the park says.
The system filters the water before it gets in the toilet, and after use, it heads into the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Once again, the water is treated and filtered. It then flows back into the ocean.
SeaWorld will bring out their ceremonial scissors for a toilet-paper cutting Wednesday as they open the saltwater restrooms for use.
Officials say this is the park’s latest effort to save amid California’s drought. Other additions include drought-tolerant plants, low-flow irrigation nozzles and controllers and a water-saving concrete cleaner.