Ojai Valley School cuts back on water with high-tech material in horse arena

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A tractor lays down new materials that cut down on water use — and dust — at OVS.(photo submitted)

As the mercury hit 90-plus degrees this summer, a thick layer of fluffy white material blanketed the equestrian arena at Ojai Valley School and left the distinct impression that it had just snowed.

In fact, the material layered across the riding arena at the lower campus was part of a significant water-savings project launched by the school to replace fine sand with a state-of-the-art irrigation system and new geotextile footing material that is expected to dramatically cut the school’s water use, saving about 500,000 gallons of water a year.

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