Innovative Water Management: Rainwater Harvesting and Alternate Water Reuse
Rainwater harvesting systems can serve as effective water conservation and sustainable stormwater management techniques. This session will provide an overview of considerations for capturing and reusing rainwater to supplement non-potable water demands for buildings and sites. Key considerations for evaluating and designing efficient systems, along with current regulatory and technological barriers, will be discussed. Using case studies to provide context, this program gives the attendee the opportunity to learn how to evaluate the viability of rainwater harvesting systems to support sustainability and regulatory stormwater goals, and the importance of evaluating the long-term return on investment potential in the decision-making process. Emerging technologies for reusing greywater and blackwater will be reviewed and compared to technologies for reusing rainwater.
Sustainable Development & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. To demonstrate how rainwater harvesting systems can conserve potable water and manage stormwater.
2. To discuss simple and complex models for evaluating the efficiency and sizing criteria for rainwater harvesting systems.
3. To understand key considerations for implementing rainwater harvesting systems.
4. To demonstrate the pros and cons of rainwater reuse systems compared to greywater and blackwater reuse systems.
Nicole Holmes, PE and Gary Pease, PE
Nitsch Engineering, Inc.
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