Rainwater Harvesting for CAMTAC

Yuen, Janette
Rothwell, Kate
Katz, Mike
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The following paper describes the design of a rainwater harvesting system for the CAMTAC industrial plant in Guelph, Ontario. The objective of this system is to provide an environmentally and economically sustainable way to reduce industrial water consumption. This design is comprised of a catchment area, a delivery network, a storage unit, and a control system. The catchment area is the area on CAMTACs plant roof where the rainwater will be collected. The delivery network is comprised of a series of PVC pipes that channels this rainwater into the PVC storage tanks inside the plant near the reverse osmosis filtration system. A mechanical control system is installed within the storage units to manage the levels of water consumption. The total cost of this design system is approximately $20 000, which corresponds to a payback period of 10 months.

Created in fulfillment of the course requirements for ENGG*3100 Engineering and Design III. This course combines the knowledge gained in the advanced engineering and basic science courses with the design skills taught in ENGG*1100 and ENGG*2100 in solving open-ended problems. These problems are related to the student's major. Additional design tools are presented, including model simulation, sensitivity analysis, linear programming, knowledge-based systems and computer programming. Complementing these tools are discussions on writing and public speaking techniques, codes, safety issues, environmental assessment and professional management. These topics are taught with the consideration of available resources and cost.
greywater system, non-potable water, rainwater harvesting