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RIT students build a better irrigation system for city garden

RIT students build a better irrigation system for city garden Photo: ESAUSA.

April 14, 2019 04:57 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Over 30 students from the Rochester Institute of Technology gathered together to construct a rainwater collection system at the First Market Farm, a community garden at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street.

The students, all members of the RIT chapter of the Engineers for a Sustainable World, built a grid of troughs and pipes leading to a series of drums able to hold 930 gallons of rainwater. The idea of the water reserve system is to reduce reliance on city water as well reduce costs of pumping water to that location.

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RIT student and project leader Carson McNatt explained that climate change has also impacted the availability of useable water around the world and "moving towards using the free, natural resource of rainwater will provide innumerable benefits to local communities such as increased resiliency and connection to the local environment."

The RIT ESW chapter partnered with the Taproot Collective, a nonprofit organization focused on the design and construction of holistic systems to provide healthier foods, to complete this project. 


 

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