Investigation of a Campus Cyclical Water System

by: Liz Farkaz, Chloe Hartley, Matt McTavish, Jenny Theberge, Tony Waterfall

Course: ERS 291, 1991
Supervisor: James Kay


This group investigated ways to decrease water consumption on campus. They concluded that the best approach would be to recycle the water used on campus thus eliminating over 90% of water demand. While this notion initially seems far-fetched, it is both technically and economically feasible. The payback period would be approximately five years. The savings to the University would be over $1 million/year. There are two major obstacles to this system. One is public reluctance to use recycled water. The second is the contamination of effluent water by toxic chemicals, often caused by students dumping chemicals down the drain. These chemicals in the water effluent are illegal and have very negative environmental consequences for the University. There have been instances of fires in buildings caused by different chemical being poured down different drains at the same time and mixing in the waste water plumbing. Until such contamination ceases, a Campus Cyclical Water System is not a possibility.

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