JFS Engineering
Land Development and Water Resources Engineering
NYC Future Metropolis Idea Festival 2011

This is a pecha kucha talk given at the NYC Future Metropolis event on May 8, 2011 in New York City. Rain is a renewable resource.

Joe Schaffer will discuss rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling in New York City. Water conservation requires a balance of localized infrastructure, financial, and life cycle considerations.

Sanitation and water supply are basic problem for engineers since ancient times. Sewer design and management has evolved through the centuries. Typically city water supplies are drawn from outside the city’s borders (i.e. the Catskills), but the required infrastructure is expensive.

New York City is blessed with consistent precipitation throughout the year. Our vision for the NYC Future Metropolis is a simple one. We propose that harvesting rainwater for non-potable use in buildings provides a double benefit. Using this water for toilet flush reduces the load on the upstate supply system. Diverting and storing this water will reduce the loading on combined sewer systems and may decrease CSO events.

Watch it on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj1OGP3WV8c

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