Water Recycling

Uses plants, aquatic animals, layered soils, movement, (constructed) wetlands and or/ swales to aerate, filter and purify water, without adding chemicals. Systems that slow the drainage in the built environment, grey water, rainwater gardens, rain barrels and other types of high and low technology water recycling systems that reduce consumption may be included.

The university has implemented a number of water conservation initiatives to reduce water use on campus including installing a treated waste water system that recycles water from the Outdoor Aquatic Facility through toilets and urinals in six campus buildings (saving approximately 4,500,000 litres of potable water each year.

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Instead of conventional catch basin and culvert designs in its parking lots, Victoria International Airport constructed rain gardens and swale ditches to collect run-off. The swale ditches help filter pollutants from parked cars and airside vehicles and equipment before pollutants are released into the storm water system. According to the CRD's Rainwater Management Tour, the parking lot expansion was designed to attenuate in 1 in 2 year storm events, and overflow routing was designed to handle a 1...

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