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A laboratory study into a novel, retrofittable rainwater harvesting system

Melville-Shreeve, P; Horstman, C; Ward, S; Memon, F; Butler, D


P Melville-Shreeve

C Horstman

S Ward

F Memon

D Butler


FA Memon

KA Adeyeye


To establish the system characteristics of a novel rainwater harvesting system. A laboratory test rig was used to assess the selected technology.Previous research has identified that systems should have: 1) reduced capital
costs, 2) reduced operational costs and 3) increased ease of retrofitting. To investigate the system's ability to address these requirements, two full-scale laboratory test rigs have been used to assess flow and power consumption characteristics under a range of installation scenarios.The system was identified to have a mean power consumption of 0.12kWh/m3 during a one hour pump test. Electrical costs were found to increase when the power consumption of the 11W control board was taken into account. Subject to reduction of the standby power consumption of the controller, the novel RWH system assessed in this study has potential to provide non-potable water supplies to households in the UK at a lower power consumption rate than existing water supply systems identified in the literature.


Melville-Shreeve, P., Horstman, C., Ward, S., Memon, F., & Butler, D. (2015, August). A laboratory study into a novel, retrofittable rainwater harvesting system. Paper presented at Water Efficiency Conference 2015, University of Exeter, Exeter, England

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Water Efficiency Conference 2015
Conference Location University of Exeter, Exeter, England
Start Date Aug 5, 2015
End Date Aug 7, 2015
Acceptance Date Aug 5, 2015
Publication Date Aug 7, 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 166-175
Keywords alternative water supply systems, rainwater harvesting, retrofit SuDS, water demand management
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Water Efficiency Conference 2015

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