Rainwater tank systems have been widely adopted across the world to
provide a safe local source of water in underdeveloped rural areas,
a substitution for mains water for non potable end uses in water
stressed urban areas, as well as providing flooding control in
monsoonal climates such as Korea, or combined sewer systems such as
Germany. The importance of these systems in cities has grown, as
water managers seek to provide a range of decentralised solutions
to supply constraints of current water supply systems, whilst
reducing the impact of urban development on the natural
environment, and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate
change. Rainwater tank systems are now often implemented under
integrated urban water management (IUWM) and water sensitive urban
design (WSUD) philosophies, which take a holistic view of the urban
water cycle. Rainwater Tank Systems for Urban Water Supply is based
on a comprehensive, multi-million dollar research program that was
undertaken in South East Queensland (SEQ) Australia in response to
the Millennium drought when the water supply level in the regions
drinking water dams dropped to 17% in July 2007 and the area came
close to running out of water. In particular, the book provides
insights and detailed analysis of design, modelling,
implementation, operation, energy usage, economics, management,
health risk, social perceptions and implications for water
quality/quantity of roof water runoff. The approaches and
methodologies included in Rainwater Tank Systems for Urban Water
Supply inform and validate research programs, and provide insights
on the expected performance and potential pitfalls of the adoption
of rainwater tanks systems including: actual harvested yield and
resulting mains water savings, optimal sizing for rainwater
storages and roof collection systems, expected water quality and
implications for managing public health risks, modelling tools
available for decision support, operation and management approaches
of a decentralised asset at the household scale and community
acceptance. The book is suitable for use at undergraduate and post
graduate levels and is of particular interest to water
professionals across the globe, who are involved in the strategic
water planning for a town, city or a region. It is a valuable
resource for developers, civil designers, water planners,
architects and plumbers seeking to implement sustainable water
servicing approaches for residential, industrial and commercial
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