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On-site Water Capture for the GCUOF

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Title: On-site Water Capture for the GCUOF
Author: Maruska, Lisa; Lim, Kristine; Fojtik, Silvie
Abstract: The Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming (GCUOF) is a developing organic demonstration farm that will teach more sustainable agricultural practices. The two acre farm is located in the Arboretum of the University of Guelph campus, Guelph, Ontario. An irrigation water supply system has been designed for the GCUOF. The system is based on on-site capture and storage of precipitation runoff. The design consists of two ’swales’ (or waterways) to capture local snowmelt and spring rain runoff. The swales direct runoff to an on-site pond for storage. The pond has been sized to hold 212 m^3 of water, which is sufficient for crop sustenance during drought periods. From the pond, a treadle pump will be used to pump water to an above ground cistern located at the highest elevation of the site, ready for use. The total cost of the system has been estimated at $11,000.
Date: 2010-01-25
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