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Texas; Evaluation of Contaminat Mixing In Rainwater Harvesting First Flush Diverters

Texas; Evaluation of Contaminat Mixing In Rainwater Harvesting First Flush Diverters

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Published by: Free Rain Garden Manuals on Nov 30, 2011
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 EVALUATION OF CONTAMINANT MIXING INRAINWATER HARVESTING FIRST FLUSH DIVERTERSA Thesis byJUSTIN KEITH MECHELLSubmitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M Universityin partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCEAugust 2009Major Subject: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
 
 EVALUATION OF CONTAMINANT MIXING INRAINWATER HARVESTING FIRST FLUSH DIVERTERSA Thesis byJUSTIN KEITH MECHELLSubmitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M Universityin partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCEApproved by:Chair of Committee, Bruce Lesikar 
 
Committee Members, Binayak MohantyDon WilkersonFouad Jaber Dana Porter Head of Department, Gerald RiskowskiAugust 2009Major Subject: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
 
 iiiABSTRACTEvaluation of Contaminant Mixing in Rainwater Harvesting First Flush Diverters.(August 2009)Justin Keith Mechell, B.S., Texas A&M UniversityChair of Advisory Committee: Dr. Bruce J. Lesikar As the world population increases, the demand increases for quality drinkingwater. The harvesting of rainwater has the potential to assist in alleviating pressures oncurrent water supplies and storm water drainage systems. Diversion of a portion of thecollected water away from storage is a technique used to improve harvested rainwater water quality prior to storage. Six configurations of a downspout first flush diverter were constructed and tested in the laboratory. The configurations of diverters wereevaluated for their affinity to allow diverted water in the diverter chamber to interactwith the flow of water to storage. Experiments were conducted at flow rates rangingfrom 0.76 L/min to 113.56 L/min. This range of flow rates adequately represents a widerange of common storm intensity patterns across the United States to which downspoutfirst flush diverters are subjected.The diverter chamber to downspout transition fittings tested on a 10.16 cmdiameter diverter chamber, upward and downward oriented sanitary and straight tee, donot have a significant impact on the mean difference in initial and final total dissolvedsolids concentrations observed at multiple sample ports. No statistical difference was

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