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Camp Pendleton conserves water during Mud Run

By Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 5, 2015

Camp Pendleton is implementing a new washing system during the Mud Run, June 6, 7, 13 and 14, to meet water conservation objectives for Marine Corps Installations – West.

During the Mud Run, 80 percent of water is used at the finish line to wash participants down. Marine Corps Community Services is adopting a more efficient washing system that uses a mixture of soap and warm water to alleviate water consumption concerns.

“We are bringing in a new cleaning system that is more efficient than water pump showers,” said Prichard. “We are expecting to use 88 percent less water this year than in the past without affecting the race at all.”

The new system is called Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience, inspired by the late Jim Bronner, son of Emanuel Bronner, who invented an industry-standard fire-fighting foam concentrate in the 1980s, according to the company’s official statement.

“We have been working on the water conservation project for six months to both save water and offer a fun experience for our athletes,” said Prichard. “It’s better for them because it gets them cleaner faster so we get to save a ton of water.”

The Mud Run is an annual 1k, 5k and 10k race that starts at Lake O’Neill. Along the way are obstacles that allow participants to get dirty, which include a mud pit, mud wall and slippery slide.

“Water conservation is important especially with the drought in California,” said Jill Prichard, race director. “We have to save where we can and do our part. At the same time, we’re making sure that our water conservation efforts don’t take away from the experience of our racers.”

As California experiences a sustained period of drought, MCI - West aims to reduce the consumption of potable water by two percent annually through fiscal year 2025 compared to the base’s water consumption in fiscal year 2007.

“It’s important to conserve water because we use it for drinking, irrigation, sanitation and cooking. It is a precious resource,” said Marcus Engstrom, project manager for water resources. “We’re entering the fourth year of a major drought and our water reserves, such as those from aquifers, are running very low.”