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Sustainable Rainwater Harvesting System For Long Term and Year Round Irrigation

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Title: Sustainable Rainwater Harvesting System For Long Term and Year Round Irrigation
Author: Zhang, Mochi; Smith, Jennifer L.; Reynolds, Alexander R.
Abstract: This paper details a system that has been designed to provide the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (GCUOF) with year round irrigation water including during extreme drought periods. Rainwater from the roofs of the East Residences will be harvested through the non-winter months and piped to an in-ground reservoir. A non-chemical, non-electrical, gravity powered fi ltration system will be used to bring the quality of water up to Canadian irrigation standards. The water will be stored in a series of above-ground water tanks. Solar panels are used to provide the electrical requirements for three separate pumping systems. These systems will be used to pump water from the reservoir into the water treatment system, from there into the storage tanks, and from the there to the irrigation site. The estimated cost to implement this system is $33335.30 (with $x in expected yearly maintenance costs).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2115
Date: 2010-01-22
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