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What are the goals and beneits o water harvesting?
Water harvesting provides a host o designbenets such as reducing the demandon city potable water systems, city sewerinrastructure, and stormwater detentionsystems. Additionally, rainwater collectionin combined sewer neighborhoods canreduce the amount o pollutants releasedinto lakes, streams, and other water bodiesduring combined sewer overows.Perhaps the most obvious benet to waterharvesting, however, is reduced utility ratesor building owners. While today’s rates arestill considered low, water rates in the Cityo Seattle have been rising at an averagerate o 10.5% a year over the last 16 years.City o Seattle Sanitary Sewer rates havebeen rising an average o 7.5% a year overthe last 15 years. The City o Seattle basessanitary sewer rates on water usage, unlessan irrigation deduction meter is installed. The graph to the let shows that or every100 cubic oot (one c is equal to 748gallons) o potable water saved per year, theten-year payback will be over $125. Extendthis period to 25 years-a typical liecycleanalysis period-and or every 100 c o potable water saved, per year, accumulatedsavings is shown to be over $500.
LEED Beneits or Water Harvesting!
Accumulated utility ratesaving gure courtesy o Mayy Engineering andDesign, January 2007.
The City o Seattle calls or all new City-unded projects and renovations withover 5,000 square eet o occupied space to achieve a LEED Silver rating. Waterharvesting can contribute towards the ollowing LEED credits:
Sustainable Sites Credit 6.1 Stormwater Design: Quantity Control
Water Efciency Credit 1.1 Water Efcient Landscaping: Reduce by 50%
Water Efciency Credit 1.2 Water Efcient Landscaping: No Potable Water Useor No Irrigation
Water Efciency Credit 2.0 Innovative Wastewater Technologies
Water Efciency Credit 3.1 Water Use Reduction: 20% Reduction
Water Efciency Credit 3.1 Water Use Reduction: 30% Reduction
Innovation in Design : Potable Reduction or Process Water
Innovation in Design: Education CreditFor more inormation on LEED credit specics visit the USGBC LEED web site athttps://www.usgbc.org
ACCUMULATED UTILITY RATE SAVINGS PER CCF OF WATER SAVINGS1 CCF = 100 CF = 748 GALLONS
$-$20$40$60$80$100$120$140$160$1802007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
POTABLE WATERSANITARY SEWERTOTAL SAVINGS