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January 12, 2009

BAE, Extension, Boone team install water-saving cistern

Eric Gustaveson and Andrea Gimlin demonstrate the relative size of a recently installed 5,000-gallon water-saving cistern. (Photo by Art Latham)

The large cistern, pipes and related gutters were installed in July in Boone by a team led by Jason Wright, Extension associate with North Carolina State University’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department’s Stormwater Team in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Wendy Patoprsty, North
Carolina Cooperative Extension natural resources agent, helped choose the site.

“The Town of Boone actively supports water conservation and recycling,” says Andrea Gimlin, Boone’s Every Drop Counts water conservation program coordinator. “Our water conservation education program supports our philosophy of managing the environment in a manner that does not despoil, exhaust or extinguish water, our natural resource.”

Water stored in the cistern, which first flows from a 2,800-square-foot town maintenance building roof, is used for street and vehicle washing and for street salting, says Gustaveson, who is facilities maintenance superintendent for the Town of Boone’s parks and its Greenway Trail.

“This installation is part of a demonstration and evaluation of rainwater harvesting and cistern technology in North Carolina research project funded by a state Division of Water Quality grant,” says the Stormwater Team’s Wright.

The project includes water-harvesting installations at four sites across the state, including large cisterns already in place at Fayetteville Technical Community College Horticultural Center in Cumberland County, the Craven County Animal Shelter and the Guilford County Agricultural Center.

“The grant includes monitoring the Guilford County cistern to determine the effect of cisterns on water quality and monitoring water use associated with each cistern to determine the overall impact on stormwater,” he says.

-A. Latham

Posted by Art at January 12, 2009 10:26 AM