The increasing need for potable water does not just occur in desert areas or in third world countries. It is a problem that affects many people around the world and will increasingly affect Americans over the next decade. With costs for clean water rising dramatically, it only makes sense for businesses to look to alternative methods for their water needs. Capturing and using rainwater can save money and help preserve a dwindling resource.
MCCSC Building Rainwater Project
DAE has over 30 years experience with rainwater catchment systems. A recent project was with the Monroe County (Indiana) Community School Corporation. The MCCSC’s transportation center was designed with Earth-Friendly features that will reduce energy and water bills. Most of the bus repair shop is below ground level, which will provide natural heat in winter and cooling in summer. Windows on the south and west provide both natural light and solar thermal properties for additional energy saving. The building’s roof is white, which reflects sunlight, also helping to cool the big garage. Building materials are all natural including masonry construction. Floor construction is 100 percent bio-based and 46.5 percent post-industrial waste.
A high-tech rainwater catchment system provides water for toilets and urinals and a sink in the repair shop for washing hands and tools, saving on the district’s water bill.
Design-Aire Engineering designed a water and wastewater storage and distribution system for Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. This project, in conjunction with Whirlpool Corporation, aims to offset all its energy use with solar power, to only rely on locally available water sources, and to have waste handling systems in place. For more information on this project, click here.