Rainwater Catchment: Educational System on the UW Farm
We are looking to implement a rainwater harvesting system on the UW Farm for farm use and campus wide education. This system would be located beside the Burke-Gilman on the UW Farm and will be installed on a renovated sign roof. We estimate this project to cost $465.00, and is estimated to save approximately 250 gallons of water per year. This project is designed to educate people on rainwater harvesting as well as inspire them to imagine future capabilities.
Our project does not involve any student jobs, but has numerous volunteer opportunities.
Leadership – This is a student-led project with a student-written grant proposal and organization of logistics.
Builders – Two or three students will work on physically building the roof structure and gutter system. They will acquire tools, pick up necessary materials, cut wood to size, take the old roof apart, build the new one, attach the gutters and tank, and install the sign.
Engineers – An engineering student will review our roof design details and give us feedback on the structural components behind it.
Signage – One student will be in contact with the sign-making company to take the sign design in to be printed and pick up the sign.
Maintenance and use – A group of students will maintain the system and ensure it is used properly and regularly on the farm.
Education – Farm students will include our rainwater system as a part of farm tours.
Education & Outreach:
Our project will be publicized to the campus through a variety of ways including our educational signage, which will be visible from the Botany Greenhouse, the UW Farm, and the Burke- Gilman trail; UW Farm tours for biology, environmental studies, and elementary school classes; and interest in the Program on the Environmentʼs Sustainability Studio, where the development and procedure for this project are documented in the final course report, accessible online. We will also email the UW farm listserv and spread the word of our project completion through various social media outlets.
We specifically want to educate UW students on possibilities for alternative forms of water conservation and stormwater reduction that can take place in an urban environment. The idea is that if we can show how we are able to collect a couple hundred galleons of water from a simple signboard roof, this will inspire others to consider what they can do with larger surface areas such as actual building roofs. We hope that this will spur students and staff on to considering possibilities for larger scale rainwater harvesting systems on campus.
Stormwater is the UWʼs weakest aspect of water sustainability on campus, and our system is designed to provide minimal stormwater reduction and water conservation. However, it helps create a much needed awareness of stormwater, and the detrimental effects of our stormwater on campus. This project allows for cross-campus education, as well as to the public, so that the message of stormwater can reach far beyond our system and make an impact on a much lager scale.
Explain how the impacts will be measured:
Our small system has the ability to save around 250 gallons of water per year. This information is based off of a 15sq. ft. roof and 36 inches of annual rainfall; our formula accounted for the fact that only approximately 70% of the water would be harvested.
This funding request is a: Grant
If this is a loan, what is the estimated payback period?:
|Item||Cost per Item||Quantity||Total Cost|
|Piece of gutter||$15.04||2||$30.08|
|Outside box miter||$9.97||4||$39.88|
|40-gallon rain barrel||$100.00||1||$100.00|
|Task||Timeframe||Estimated Completion Date|
|Finishing details on roof construction plan||1 week||April 16th|
|Purchase and receive materials for roof, gutter, and tank system||2 weeks||April 30th|
|Order sign||2 weeks||April 30th|
|Take down roof||1 week||May 3rd|
|Build new roof||2 weeks||May 18th|
|Attach gutters and tank||2 weeks||June 1st|
|Install sign||1 week||June 5th|
|Organize group of students to maintain the system||1 month and a half||June 7th|