Rain Rain Save The Day

Expected Project Time: 1 year

“Sigh. It’s raining again.” is a common phrase that we often think to ourselves (most of the time) when we see rainfall. Seems perfectly normal right? In a sense, it just looks like mother nature doing its job.

But what if rain meant trouble? In an urban city like Chicago, we have very little (if any) control over rainwater. The problem with rainwater is that often times it ends up going into our sewage systems and back out to the sea instead of being used to replenish our groundwater or for other purposes like watering plants.

The idea is simple. The purpose of the “Rain Rain Save The Day” project is to invest in water collection tanks/barrels that can be connected to the inner systems of sprinklers (optimal) to help provide water to the agriculture aspect of UIC.  By investing money into this project alone, we can save gallons of water that can either be used for agriculture or other purposes such as reproduction of safe clean drinking water that can be contained and shipped to places that are lacking access to clean water.

The ideal time invested is 1 year due to the possible integral system of sprinklers that will need to be connected to the water collection barrels.

Example. of the water collection (simplified through paint):

simplfied

Expected Budget: $5,000 / Maximum Expected: $10,000

Sources:

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/is-rainwater-wasted-if-it-is-washed-to-sea.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17977057

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4 thoughts on “Rain Rain Save The Day

  1. This is a great way to promote water conservation at UIC and is a good topic to submit an LOI. However, I do have a couple of questions regarding the water storage. Where would the water barrel be stored? Would there only be one or multiple water barrels around campus? Also, I think it would be really important to investigate how much rainfall Chicago gets yearly in order to calculate how large the water barrel{s) would have to be.

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  2. I think this is great idea and one that I would like to be involved, even if we only are able to start small. It would also be greatly supported by UIC. One of the university’s climate commitments is becoming a “net zero water campus.” (Here’s the link to all of the commitments with goals and actions, if you want to check it out:https://sustainability.uic.edu/files/2016/04/UIC-Climate-Commitments-Aspirational-Goals-and-Action-Items.pdf)

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  3. Great idea especially when you look at cities like New York that couldn’t appropriately manage the major floods that Hurricane Sandy. How extensive do you think the sprinkler system would be?

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