UCR Rainwater Harvesting Grant
Five University of California engineering students have been given two grants to construct a rainwater harvesting system on the campus. The grants were given by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for $10,000 each to setup downspouts, rainwater diversion, catchment and storage tanks.
Their plan is to water the campuses vast lawns with collected rainwater, but there also is discussion about rainwater harvesting for the City of Ontario, which could meet domestic water needs for a projected 10,000 people.
The team is developing a prototype system and will present their findings to the MWD in February and compete for a national People Progress and the Planet Award (P3) which covers funding for other beneficial technologies as well.