Arena construction project consumes water, but not much

Construction crews are pouring a lot of water on the site of the new Sacramento Kings arena. But not as much as you might think.

Some Sacramentans who witnessed the early days of work at Downtown Plaza have contacted The Bee, wondering why the crews are hosing down the demolition site in a time of severe drought.

According to the Kings, the water use is considerably less than if Downtown Plaza remained open as a shopping center. The construction project uses only 14 percent as much water as the mall did, according to the team.

Besides, the team says it has little choice. Crews have to hose down the site to control dust and air pollution, as required under the California Environmental Quality Act. Watering the site to control dust and particulates is also required by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, the Kings say.

The Kings are tearing down the eastern half of the mall to make room for their $477 million arena, which is set to open in October 2016. The western end of the mall remains open for business.

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