constructing rainwater harvesting Articles

  • Rainwater harvesting

    Rainwater harvesting is the gathering, or accumulating and storing, of rainwater.[]1 Rainwater harvesting has been used to provide drinking water, water for livestock, water for irrigation or to refill aquifers in a process called groundwater recharge. Rainwater collected from the roofs of houses, tents and local institutions, or from specially prepared areas of ground, can make an ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Design and construction of an experimental pervious paved parking area to harvest reusable rainwater

    Pervious pavements are sustainable urban drainage systems already known as rainwater infiltration techniques which reduce runoff formation and diffuse pollution in cities. The present research is focused on the design and construction of an experimental parking area, composed of 45 pervious pavement parking bays. Every pervious pavement was experimentally designed to store rainwater and measure ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Quality assessment of rainwater and harvested rainwater stored in different types of cisterns

    Rainwater is widely collected and stored in cisterns for domestic use due to extreme water scarcity and poor water quality on the Loess Plateau, China. However, little information exists on the effects of cistern materials and construction methods on water quality. This study assessed the quality of rainwater and harvested rainwater stored in different types of cisterns, using multivariate ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Historical development of rainwater harvesting and use in Hellas: a preliminary review

    The uneven temporal and partial distribution of water resources in Hellas, and especially southeastern regions, has resulted in the construction of various water systems for collection and storage of rainwater, since their very early habitation. Ever since, technologies for the construction and use of several types of cisterns and other relevant hydraulic strictures have been developed. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Safe water, household income and health challenges in Ugandan homes that harvest rainwater

    Having access to a safe water supply is important to improve a person's quality of life. We examine the relationship between the influence of water availability on monthly household expenditures (the dependent variable) and independent variables such as household characteristics, tank size, usage instructions and post-construction guidance, including the management of water-related health ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Evolution of rainwater harvesting and use in Crete, Hellas, through the millennia

    The low water availability in several regions of southeastern Hellas and particularly in several islands, such as Crete, has resulted in the construction of various types of water reservoir for collection and storage of rainwater, since their very early habitation. Since then, technologies for the construction and use of several types of cisterns have been developed. In Crete during the Minoan ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • More Rain – How to Take Advantage of This Free Resource With Rainwater Harvesting Tanks

    As the rain continues into February, Farmers throughout the country are being urged to help alleviate flooding through pumping and not exacerbating situations through water channel dredging and similar.  But they are also being urged to start storing and using this excess water through rainwater harvesting, including the implementation of rainwater harvesting tanks. But it’s not only ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Design and technical evaluation of improved rainwater harvesting system on a university building in Ethiopia

    Rainwater harvesting (RWH) has been practiced in Ethiopia since ancient times, but it has shown little development, because of inefficient techniques. Most efforts to capture rainwater did not show significant results owing to poor design and implementation resulted from slow technical development. This paper details design improvements tested on a demonstration site as well as an analysis of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 10 Uses of Rainwater

    Collecting your own rainwater is an excellent way to conserve this precious resource. A basic rainwater collection system catches rainwater from your roof or other surface and channels it into a container for storage. Rainwater itself is generally clean, but it can pick up microorganisms, pollutants and debris when it hits your roof. This is why systems for rainwater use inside your home often ...


    By Climate, Inc.

  • Top Tips for Using Rainwater Domestically & Commercially

    Did you know that rainwater can be used (instead of mains water) for a huge number of activities and tasks domestically and commercially (inside and outside). As an alternative water source, rainwater recycling can help reduce typical household water usage by up to 70%, with hot water applications by as much as 85%. ...


    By Gutter Mate Ltd

  • Performance of pervious pavement parking bays storing rainwater in the north of Spain

    Pervious pavements are drainage techniques that improve urban water management in a sustainable manner. An experimental pervious pavement parking area has been constructed in the north of Spain (Santander), with the aim of harvesting good quality rainwater. Forty-five pervious pavement structures have been designed and constructed to measure stored water quantity and quality simultaneously. Ten ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Sustainability evaluation of a primary school rainwater demonstration project in Tanzania

    Water shortages are widely prevalent in developing countries, affecting lives of people including schoolchildren, who miss classes while fetching water for daily use. A typical case was that of Mnyundo Primary School in Tanzania, East Africa. A rainwater harvesting (RWH) system was then constructed because of easy adaptability of the technology. The purpose of this study is sustainability ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Building a lower carbon construction industry

    Dominic Burbidge, Senior Client Manager Carbon Trust Advisory takes a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain Carbon reduction is a complex challenge for all organisations, not least those in the construction industry. Taking a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain means considering all aspects of the design, construction, use and demolition of ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Valuing stormwater, rainwater and wastewater in the soft path for water management: Australian case studies

    A Water Sensitive City is now commonly acknowledged best practice for designing the cities of the future. In Australia, the National Water Initiative has allocated high priority towards offering insight into successful water sensitive urban development projects, to facilitate capacity building within the industry. This paper shares innovative water sensitive projects implemented at Kogarah City ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water quality and microbial diversity in cisterns from semiarid areas in Brazil

    Harvesting rainwater is a common practice worldwide, particularly in areas with no access to a public water supply or insufficient groundwater reserves. More than two million people living in semiarid regions of Brazil consume rainwater stored in cisterns, and little information is available regarding the water quality. Despite the initial good quality of the rainwater, its harvest and storage ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Aura, the city of colour – Australia's shining example of widescale integrated water cycle management

    Aura, the ‘City of Colour’, is a 48,000 person masterplanned community on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Aura commenced construction in 2015 and will be developed over the next 25 years. Aura sets a benchmark in Australia regarding large scale urban water sustainability through the application of techniques such as rainwater capture and reuse, construction and operational stormwater treatment, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Use of cisterns during antiquity in the Mediterranean region for water resources sustainability

    From the early civilizations people in arid and semi-arid regions have relied on collecting or ‘harvesting’ surface water from rainfall and storing the water in human-made reservoirs or ‘cisterns.’ The storage of rainwater runoff has been constructed in the entire region around the Mediterranean and the Near East since the 3rd millennium bc. Not only were cisterns ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • BREEAM Case study

    Background In response to a growing population, Peterborough City Council has undertaken a school places expansion programme. As part of this, the new 420 place Welland Primary School was constructed on the site of a previous primary school. The new school has double the capacity of the previous school, with two form entry, and includes 14 classrooms, hall space, and new sports and ...


    By Sound Research Laboratories

  • CHRIS Kids case study

    The distinctive red cedar clad tank of the CHRIS Kids’ rainwater harvesting system is a visual reminder of their commitment to sustainability. Project: CHRIS Kids Location: Atlanta, GA Application: Landscape Irrigation System(s): 19,400 Gallon Eastern Red Cedar Tank with RMH-30 Rainset™ The CHRIS Kids ...

  • Case study - Client: City of Chicago, Parks Division

    Project: Rooftop rainwater to flush toilets. Comfort stations at 40th Street and Osterman Beach. Challenge: The Parks Division of the City of Chicago wanted to its two new comfort stations along the Lake Michigan Lake Shore Drive to be environmentally responsible and serve as demonstration projects for the the city's efforts toward sustainable design.   ...

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