March 16, 2016 09:49

Catchment Reduces Runoff

City planners in Wichita Falls, Texas are integrating a rainwater harvesting system into the Wichita Falls Regional Airport project. Captured rainwater will be used onsite to irrigate landscape features, reduce erosion, and prevent stormwater runoff.

Crews from Randy Glenn Landscaping dug a large pit that will serve as the storage basin. They lined it with plastic to prevent infiltration and filled it with polyethylene crates to filter sediment.

Dave Lilley, CEO of Trinity Hughes Construction, said the original project idea was to create a stormwater retention pond. Water scarcity inspired the switch to an active rainwater harvesting system that not only reduces runoff, but also saves the captured water for irrigation purposes.

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