Rainwater Collection System: A Feasibility Study for Dalhousie University
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The Rainwater Collection and Cistern System: A Feasibility Study for Dalhousie University is based on the core requirements of the Environmental Problem Solving II (ENVS: 3502). The report includes a variety of methods to determine the feasibility of a Rainwater Collection system (RWCS) at Dalhousie University. Such methods include extensive research, the utilization of expert advice from an interview/survey, and completion of a cost benefit analysis to determine economic feasibility. The main purpose for conducting this feasibility study is to obtain a better understanding of environmental solutions to everyday problems. For instance, determining the feasibility of implementing a rainwater collection system at Dalhousie is an environmental alternative solution for reducing Dalhousie’s municipal water consumption. The location for the theoretical study area was determined by the interview/survey of several experts and through various calculations. After determining the location and size of the study area, the cost benefit analysis was completed and the overall cost of the study was compared to the current municipal water costs. The cost benefit analysis determined that a RWCS is feasible for the study area. If the RWCS was incorporated into a new building design, there is a possibility of the system being more economically feasible then if it was incorporated into a preexisting building. The development of this project provided our group with a greater interest in environmental problem solving and information for future students and staff to use for further research.