Jun 05, 2012

William Peace University Launches Rainwater Harvesting System Project on Campus

Water conservation program will include new showerheads, sink aerators, more efficient toilets

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William Peace University in Raleigh, N.C., announced that it launched the Rainwater Harvesting System Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) Grant Project, a $710,000 campus-wide environmental water conservation program. The grant will support the installation of a cistern, which is projected to supply the campus with 90% of the irrigation water needed.

In addition to the CWMTF, the university will install new showerheads and sink aerators as part of its “going green” initiative. The aerators and showerheads are free of cost to the university, with the latter occurring in exchange for the old ones on campus, courtesy of the city of Raleigh. In addition, the university is receiving rebates for replacing toilets with water-saving models going from 3 gal per flush to 1.2 gal per flush.

John B. Cranham, associate vice president of buildings and grounds for the university, is overseeing the implementation of the program, which is being funded by a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

“This ambitious project will make a noticeable impact on lowering the water usage on campus once it is complete,” Cranham said.

The CWMTF awards money as grants allocated by the legislature from tax dollars for implementing projects that further the goal of the U.S. Clean Water Act. Besides the CWMTF, William Peace University’s other partner on the project is the North Carolina State University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The project’s contractor is Mid-Atlantic Infrastructure Systems Inc., headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., whose work will be performed out of the company’s office in Durham, N.C.

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