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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.   ...

  • 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 ...

  • Building demonstrates benefits of net-zero water reuse

    A unique research project to demonstrate the effectiveness of net-zero water use buildings is underway at the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The decentralized water system at CSL treats all nonpotable water on-site. The university is documenting the benefits and costs of the novel water-reuse system, ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Compost in the mix for storm water management

    Bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, are increasingly being used to capture and treat storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks and parking lots. These landscaped areas often feature native plants installed in an engineered soil mixture that includes compost. “Bioretention areas or rain gardens are an attractive storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Stormwater drainage analysis and design in Victoria, Australia

    Untitled Document Victoria, Australia Wallingford Software's ...


    By Innovyze

  • Wolselely`s Sustainable Building Centre: Showcasing the now

    This European and North American building products wholesaler employs more than 80,000 people in 5,000 distribution centres, including 1,800 branches across the UK. One of the newest additions to the network is in Leamington Spa and is designed to showcase sustainable building technology. Business insight The  ...


    By Article 13

  • Ikotoilets Kenya

    1. Overview and Key Points The Ikotoilet is an innovative solution to the growing environmental sanitation problem in Africa. It is based on an enterprise model by a company named Ecotact, which includes both sanitation facilities in urban and low income settlements. Operating on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, this initiative extends from offering sanitation services to a range of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Urban sustainability issues — Resource-efficient cities: good practice

    Our current pattern of resource use is leading to the depletion and, consequently, scarcity of natural resources (1), the degradation of ecosystems and volatile and increasing prices of natural resources. On a planet with finite resources, the challenge is to find a way of delivering greater value and more services with fewer inputs (EC, 2011a). Resources are defined as raw materials, such as ...

  • Building green when times are lean

    In an article entitled “Actions Speak Louder than Greenwash” last December we looked at how some unscrupulous property developers in Thailand preferred to market “greenwash” rather than embrace the concept of sustainable building design and construction. Indeed, it seemed as if the property developers were suddenly falling over themselves in their rush to surf the green wave, with project ...

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