Natural Disasters Can Cut Off Your Water Supply
Water is supplied to the property line from the street water mains of the local utility company. At the property line, there is a shutoff valve called a curb valve that can be used to control the water supply to the house. If you do not pay your water bill on time, the water company can close this valve. The pipe that actually delivers the water to the house, the house service main, runs from the curb valve to just inside the house and is the responsibility of the homeowner. Should this pipe need repair or replacement, it is at the homeowner's expense. If water is not supplied by a utility company, it will be supplied by a well-pumping system. Inside the house, the cold water is distributed to the various fixtures located throughout the house. At the house inlet, there is a shutoff valve that the homeowner can use to close the water supply for the entire house. If there is a water meter in the system, it will usually be located inside the house near the inlet before any branch...
Direct hot water supply was quite common before the 1960s. The water from the cylinder was heated by a cast-iron heat exchanger situated behind the open fire. As the water heated up, it gravitated up the pipework and heated the water in the cylinder. Thus, all water heated ran through the heat exchanger behind the fire. Scale formation remains the major problem with modern systems as the alkaline deposits, through which ground water passes, are drawn into solution. On heating, these precipitate onto the higher temperature surfaces forming levels of hardness of the scale depending on temperature. The only way to eliminate the problem is to provide some form of water treatment either by softening or holding the troublesome salts in suspension the latter achieved by installing a magnetic-type treatment unit. Most modern direct hot water systems are made with compatible materials so that electrolytic action and water discoloration problems have been eliminated.
These systems are the most cost effective, providing there is a reliable and continuous water supply and the building has no need of a stored water supply. In a direct supply, double check valves are required where there is the risk of contaminated water being sucked back into the mains. A typical example is where one end of a hose is connected to the mains and the other end is inadvertently dropped into a drainage gully. Any sudden drop in the mains pressure will suck the drain contents into the main, resulting in contamination.
The water circulating within the heating system operates under a pressure that normally ranges from 12 to 22 psi. Although the water is constantly recirculating and there is no need for additional water, an automatic water-feed device is provided with all systems as a precautionary measure. The automatic water-feed device is a pressure-reducing valve. The water supply to the boiler is taken from the house water supply. Since the house supply pressure is normally in a range from 30 to 60 psi, it must be reduced before being introduced into the boiler. The reducing valve is usually preset by the manufacturer to 12 psi.
Domestic water is generally supplied to homes through private wells or public water companies. Water supplied by public water companies is usually safe to drink and does not pose a health risk. The quality of the water supplied by these companies is periodically checked because it must comply with rigid standards set by the U.S. EPA. Nevertheless, the EPA has indicated that some 40 million people have been using drinking water containing potentially hazardous levels of lead. The problem does not originate with the water supply but with distribution piping, solder used at the pipe fittings, and fixtures in the house. In some older homes, the inlet water pipe is made of lead the solder used on pipe fittings in homes built before 1988 contained lead and lead is contained in the metal alloy used in the manufacture of many faucets. approved laboratory is the only way to determine if the drinking water has high levels of dissolved lead. The test is generally conducted in two parts, A first...
Pioneered by Chadwick, the Public Health Act 1848 had attracted much criticism, but by now there was no turning back and the General Board of Health was born. This early legislation focused around public health rather than housing conditions, mainly concentrating on issues such as drainage and water supply, possibly because recent cholera outbreaks had affected all social classes, not just the poor. The Victorian attitude was very much laissez-faire the poor were seen to be responsible for their own lot, and it was up to them to take steps to counteract their housing conditions, where overcrowding, disrepair, lack of facilities and so on were rife. Providing the poor with decent housing was seen as nothing short of revolutionary, and certainly not a government function.
Such accommodation is frequently linked with some of the poorest, and most 'hidden', living conditions, and remedies are sometimes inappropriate to deal with the issues faced. Where there is no recognised 'right' to live somewhere, this is usually associated with a lack of basic public health measures such as a water supply, sewer and refuse disposal. Anyone who has dealt with such issues, including trying, where appropriate, to secure alternate accommodation elsewhere, will appreciate the unique issues associated with such accommodation. Additionally, some who have housed themselves 'informally' and outside of mainstream society resent any intrusion by the State.
Before you inspect the pump, filter, and heater, look closely at the pool water. If it is turbid, it would indicate that the filter is in need of a cleaning. If there are tiny bubbles discharging at the water-supply outlet, it would indicate that air is getting into the system. This condition must be corrected to prevent possible damage to the pump. Check the cover to the pump's hair and lint strainer. Most covers are transparent. If bubbles are visible, it would normally indicate that the cover is not tightly secured or that the gasket needs replacement. However, if there are no bubbles, you should suspect a leak in the water circulation system. In this case, further investigation is required by a pool service company.
Radon can also enter the house through the domestic water supplied by a private well. It can be transferred into the air during a shower or when water is running in a sink. However, it takes relatively high levels of waterborne radon to produce a significantly elevated level of radon in a house the large volume of air inside a house dilutes the radon being transferred to the air from the relatively small volume of water. It is estimated that the normal use of a water supply containing 10,000 pCi l will produce a concentration of 1 pCi l of radon in the air. It therefore takes a waterborne radon level of 40,000 pCi l to reach the EPA's action level of 4 pCi l. In most parts of the country, radon gas emanating from the soil is the major contributor to indoor airborne radon. As a result, the water from a private well is normally not tested for radon during the initial screening test. However, in some areas of the United States, waterborne radon significantly contributes to the total...
Th and early 19th centuries middle class housing most working class housing from these periods has long since been
Services, at the beginning of the Georgian period, were pretty crude. There were no flushing toilets, and not much in the way of piped water supply. This photo shows a jack pump supplying water from a tank in the basement. The tank was fed by a lead pipe from the roof. The taps are a later addition.
Sanitation Direct lead-piped cold water supply to scullery sink. Outside WC. Galvanised steel bath heated with water from range. Combined mains drainage with cast iron downpipes. Towards the end of the century some houses were built with bathrooms. A gas or coal fired 'copper' heated bath and basin water.
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Your unfinished basement or attic is sure to have beams, pipes, posts, ductwork, and other elements that are vital to your house but become big obstacles to finishing the space. When you can't conceal the obstructions within walls, and you've determined it's too costly to move them, hide them inside a framed soffit or chase. This can also provide a place to run smaller mechanicals, like wiring and water supply lines
How about an article on alternators for low power water systems I know of someone who thinks the Ford 90 amp is the most efficient. Is this so I have a 12V compact disc player and would like to find a 12V amp with a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 hertz, 30 to 100 watts channel, and low distortion. Do you know of any way to get that without going to super expensive car stereos I have an AKAI boom box that I use now. It works OK, but the fidelity isn't that great. I think an article on 12V sound would be well appreciated. Durga C. Tamm, Fort Jones, CA
The generator can power loads too large for the inverter. It can also recharge the system's batteries via the charger built into the inverter. Roger and Ana's well uses a submersible 240 vac water pump to fill a large cistern which gravity flows the water to the house. The generator supplies 240 vac for the pump. Roger is investigating putting his water supply on solar too, but that's another story
When domestic water is heated by a low power heat pump coupled to a 150 litre to 200 litre boiler, there may be hot water shortage for short periods during the year. To economically solve this problem, a flow-through water heater is a reasonable alternative. This heater should be arranged after the heat pump so that direct electric heating is only called for when the heat pump is unable to deliver the needed heating power. If the system is properly dimensioned, such occurrences should be rare. Accordingly, the absolute amount of electricity consumed for this purpose should be minimal over the year.
If the house is located in an area with a high incidence of power failures, you should not depend solely on an electrically driven sump pump to control groundwater seepage. It is possible for the power to be knocked out when the water level below the floor slab is rising. As a precautionary measure, there should be an auxiliary backup sump pump in the sump pit. A backup system is particularly helpful in vacation homes where the house will be vacant for extended periods. One type of backup pump is a water-actuated (nonelectrical) ejector pump. The Zoeller Pump Company, Louisville, Kentucky, manufactures this type of pump. The pump is connected to the house water supply and is activated by a float control. However, it will be of no help if the water to the house is supplied by an electrically driven well pump. If you install a water-actuated sump pump, it's important that you include a backflow preventer on the water supply because of the potential for contamination as a result of the...
Amenities are served by water supply pipes, hot and or cold, and drained by drainage pipes. The toilet pan is fed via the cistern, which has an overflow pipe. It has a water trap to prevent entry of both smell and vermin. Where the toilet is disused, it is useful to pour cooking oil in to prevent the water trap from evaporating (Figure 3.8).
In checking the unit, either raise the thermostat setting to HOT or let the hot water run until the boiler fires. You can tell if the pump is operating by touching the water supply to the heater before and after the boiler fires. The pipe should get hot. Look for signs of leakage around the base of the unit. Also, make sure that there is a pressure-temperature relief valve mounted directly on the tank casing. If you adjust the thermostat to activate the boiler and circulator pump, don't forget to reset it.
The multiple decks and terraces of architect Ray Kappe's exploded box design (right) expand living space by extending it outdoors. Drought-resistant native plantings add vibrancy while requiring little water or maintenance. Photovoltaics integrated into awnings and attached to trellises (above) collect solar energy while helping provide shade. Active solar technologies include a 2.4-kW rooftop solar array linked to a battery storage system that generates 60 percent to 75 percent of the home's electrical power. A solar water heater (also situated on the roof) serves the radiant floor heating and domestic water systems, and some of the solar panels double as awnings to shade roof decks.
Does the house have an underground lawn sprinkler system If it does, look specifically for a vacuum breaker (antisiphon device) on the water-supply line for each zone. When the piping arrangement is such that the water is supplied to each zone through a manifold, the vacuum breaker should be on the pipe supplying water to the manifold. A vacuum breaker is recommended to prevent dirty water or foreign matter that normally accumulates around pop-up spray heads from flowing back into the potable water supply as a result of a negative pressure in the line. It is a relatively simple device and is usually no larger than a few inches in diameter and a few inches high. (See FIG. 13-5.) The
At the time we were looking at this subdivision there was talk of reducing the number of new golf courses in Vegas. The worst drought in recorded history had gripped the Southwest for eight years. When you reduce the availability of golf courses, you increase the price of golf course homes. It is simply supply and demand. Fewer new golf course homes make your existing golf course homes more valuable.
These include woodburning fireplaces, stoves and furnaces. Wood is burned in a chamber called a fire box, producing heat which is distributed in a number of ways. Traditional fireplaces and woodburning stoves depend on the natural flow of warmed air and radiant heat from the fire, while some modern types use a fan or an improved air flow system for more effective heat circulation. Woodburning furnaces can distribute heat using a conventional forced-air or hot water system. Woodburning appliances vent combustion gases up a chimney, which must be properly installed and certified. They typically require a hearth or floor pad to prevent heat or coals from starting a fire in the house.
Has been transformed into an open-concept home fully customized to suit the budget of a family of three. The interior-only renovation successfully blended economy, design and environmentally conscious choices. Design features include an open-concept kitchen with bamboo cabinets and new bathroom and bedroom layouts. Energy upgrades included a reworked building envelope, a high-efficiency gas fireplace and heating system and an on-demand hot water supply.
For the most part, steam heating systems are no longer used in new residential construction, but you will find them in older homes. In fact, in some of these homes, the boiler and its associated controls may be relatively new. The boiler used in this system is basically the same as that used in a hot-water system. It will be made of either cast iron or steel. (See the discussion on boilers on pages 192-193.) You can tell whether a boiler is being used for a steam system or a hot-water system by the type of controls and gauges used. A quick indication is a water-level gauge. (See FIG. 14-15.) If you see such a gauge, the boiler is being used to generate steam. Unlike the hot-water system that is completely filled with water, the steam boiler is only partially (about three-quarters) filled with water, depending on the size and make. The remaining portion of the boiler, the distribution piping, and the radiators will be filled with air. After the system is fired, the water heats up until...
All central heating systems have advantages and limitations. If you feel that the type of heating system is crucial to your decision on whether to buy the house, these advantages and limitations are important. Your decision, however, should be based on fact and not hearsay. I have had many clients tell me that they would consider only a house heated with a hot-water system because a warm-air system is too dry. Well, all heating systems are too dry unless the air is intentionally humidified. I have been in homes heated with a hot-water system where the humidity was less than 10 percent, and I have been in homes heated with warm humidified air where the humidity was over 30 percent. Since a hot-water system does not have ducts, the house cannot be humidified from a central location as with a warm-air system. The advantages and limitations of various heating systems are discussed later in this chapter.
In a two-pipe configuration, the steam is supplied to the radiator by one pipe and the condensate returned to the boiler through another. The radiators in this system are not equipped with individual air-vent valves. They have a steam trap on the condensate return pipe. A steam trap allows the air bound in the radiator and the condensate to flow in the return pipe but closes on steam contact and does not allow the passage of steam. The air in the return line is then vented by a main vent. A two-pipe steam system can be converted to a forced-hot-water system. This cannot be done with a one-pipe steam system. In both one-and two-pipe systems, when the condensate is returned to the boiler, if the return line in the boiler room is above the boiler-water level, it is called a dry return. If the return line is below the boiler water level, it is called a wet return. When the system has a wet return, there should be a special piping arrangement at the boiler, a Hartford loop. (See FIG....
The summer of '88 brought the worst drought North America has had in 50 years. Crop losses were in the billions. Forest fires blazed throughout the Northwest, the Great Plains and Yellowstone National Park. On the other side of the globe, China was also experiencing horrendous drought and related crop damage conditions. Over a million people were hospitalized, and hundreds of other died from the heat. Was it a mere coincidence Or a warning A warning that nature was rebelling
By the middle of the Victorian period most prosperous town houses had a system of mains water supply and a system of mains drainage. Although a sewer would contain foul, waste and rainwater, the above ground drainage system was usually a two pipe system. The foul pipe served WCs the waste pipe, sinks, baths and rainwater disposal.
Heating DHW with solar energy in a high-performance house is sensible. In such houses, the energy needed to heat domestic water can equal or even exceed the energy needed for space heating since the latter has been so far reduced by insulation and heat recovery. Furthermore, demand for heating domestic water is a 12-month energy demand, including the high insolation summer months. Using a solar system is therefore an effective way of reducing the total primary energy demand. Increasingly, the market for solar water systems also includes systems that provide, in addition to water heating, space heating in winter. Surprisingly, within a large range, the size of the tank relative to the collector area is not a major factor affecting system performance. This is evident in the example of an apartment block shown in Figure 12.2.3. Doubling the tank size increases the solar share by less than 15 per cent. More important is avoiding the mixing of the hot water at the top of the tank with...
The only type of systems worth cosidering are of the passive type. This means that there are no pumps, controllers, temperature sensors, solenoid valves or other moving parts to malfunction. Also, no electricity is required for their operation (pv users take note ) When properly sized and installed, passive solar hot water systems can provide most or all of a family's hot water during a large part of the year. If you heat with wood, the perfect compliment to any solar hot water system is a hot water heat exchanger for your woodstove. Easily mounted inside your woodstove's firebox, this simple device extracts a small amount of heat from your stove and uses it to make hot water during the winter months. While this heat exchanger can be used without solar hot water, it really does make sense to use both. Making hot water with both solar and wood
Water supply and distribution 159 Fixtures 159 Cesspool 162 Septic system 162 Exterior inspection 165 Vent stack 165 Fresh-air vent 166 Lawn sprinkler systems 166 Septic system 166 Interior inspection 167 Fixtures 167 Water pressure, flow 167 Plumbing wall hatch 168 Pipes 168 Basement inspection 169 Water-supply pipes 169 Distribution piping 171 Drainage pipes 172 Well-pumping systems 174 Wells 174 Well pumps 174 Accessory equipment 176 General considerations 178 Checkpoint summary 179
A LOOK AT THE LOOMING WATER CRISIS AND WHAT IT MAY MEAN FOR ARCHITECTS, CONTRACTORS, ENGINEERS, AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIERS Water supply is likely to be the next big ecological crisis in the U.S., and this crisis likely will come as a result of drought and lack of funds for infrastructure upgrades to provide new sources of supply for a population that continues to grow. One response to America's growing water shortage might be an increased business and government focus on water conservation, water efficiency technologies, and on-site water treatment and reuse, both in homes and buildings. This situation could produce unprecedented opportunities for contractors, technology suppliers, and engineering consultants. What's more, the continued growth of LEED, especially LEED for Existing Buildings Operations Maintenance (LEED-EBOM), will put extra emphasis on water efficiency for building owners and designers looking for green solutions. My report for the Mechanical Contractors Education and...
Indirect hot water supply is the most common method nowadays of heating water. The boiler usually has the additional function of providing hot water for radiators. The water which passes through the boiler does not come into direct contact with the water in the cylinder. Instead, it passes through a coiled tube in the cylinder and then returns to the boiler.
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Electricity is electrons in motion. Voltage is the amount of pressure behind these electrons. Voltage is very similar to pressure in a water system. Consider a water hose. Water pressure forces the water through the hose. This situation is the same for an electron moving through a wire. A car uses 12 Volts, from a battery for starting. Commercial household power has a voltage of 120 volts. Batteries for renewable energy are usually assembled into packs of 12, 24, 32, or 48 volts. Current is the flow of electrons. The unit of electron flow in relation to time is called the Ampere. Consider the water hose analogy once again. If voltage is like water pressure, then current is like FLOW. Flow in water systems is measured in gallons per minute, while electron flow is measured in Amperes. A car tail light bulb consumes about 1 to 2 Amperes of electrical current. The headlights on a car consume about 8 Amperes each. The starter uses about 200 to 300 Amperes....
One late night about a week into the project we were awakened by 2 earth shaking explosions. The next day we found that the Contras had blown the main power lines 15 miles from where we slept. These were no firecrackers. Much of Northern Nicaragua was down. When we left for Managua a week later, the only evidence of electricity I saw was at our project. A striking impression was that of hundreds of people hauling drinking water on their backs for miles. The city's water treatment plant is electrically operated. Two facts were evident 1) the real burden of terrorism is born by the common people, and 2) those of us that produce our own power are free indeed in times of civil strife.
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Research into technologies and practices that help use water and energy more efficiently got a boost on Capitol Hill as the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 3598, the Energy and Water Integration Act. The act authorizes 60 million annually from 2011 to 2015 for the Department of Energy (DOE) to study and advance initiatives and research that increase water and energy efficiency, to study the effects climate change may have on energy and water resources, and to improve the understanding of what energy is required to
Quite often my clients comment on the small size of the boiler for the forced-hot-water system. They apparently are used to seeing a boiler originally designed for use in a gravity system or one that was converted from coal-fired to oil-or gas-fired, both of which are considerably larger two to six times as large, depending on the manufacturer. Regardless of the size, you can easily recognize a forced-hot-water system by the presence of a circulating pump in the distribution return pipe just before the connection to the boiler. (See FIG. 14-7.) Advantages and disadvantages Because the forced-hot-water system operates under pressure with the water being circulated by a pump, it is very flexible. It can be used to heat an area below the level of the boiler. Additional, completely independent heating zones can be readily installed. Because the hot water remains Distribution piping There are three basic types of distribution piping arrangements for forced-hot-water systems series loop,...
It is unclear why home-sized water power, in particular, is so little known. It is true that other forms of comparable energy sources receive far more attention. The supreme reliability of photovoltaics and the romance of wind power are well established. Somehow the use of residential sized hydro-power has been largely overlooked. Part of this is likely due to the sound of the output figures. Although a water power system may produce 100 watts of power 24 hour per day, it sounds like so much less than a PV (or wind) system that has a peak output of 1,000 or 2,000 watts. Yet the water system could easily produce more total power output over a given time span. And be much cheaper.
Look for the entry of the water-supply pipe. It will be located near the foundation wall and will usually have a meter near the inlet. If you cannot find the water-service entry, ask the homeowner. Sometimes it is concealed behind boxes or storage shelves. The inlet service pipe will generally be made of copper, brass, or galvanized iron. However, in some older homes, you might find that the pipe is made of lead. A lead pipe can be detected by the type of joint between the sections. Lead pipes have wiped lead joints that appear in a horizontal section as a spherical bulge. (See FIG. 13-8.) There is usually a joint near the foundation wall. If you do not see a joint, you can gently scratch the surface of the pipe. If the pipe is made of lead, the surface will be relatively soft, and the scratch will expose an area with a silver-gray color. If the water flow from the plumbing fixtures is low and the piping in the house is good (all copper or brass pipes and fittings with no leaks), the...
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This system functioned as a two-zone system. The main portion of the house was heated by a steam system, and the remaining portion of the house (the lower sections) was heated by a forced-hot-water system. The distribution pipe for the hot-water system was tapped directly off the portion of the steam boiler that was below
Was heated by distribution piping from a forced-hot-water heating system. The only function of this hot-water system was to generate domestic hot water and to provide the heat source for the furnace. Since the boiler water was hot all the time because of the domestic hot water, the house thermostat controlled only the circulating pump from the hot-water system. The pump in turn forced hot water to circulate through the furnace, heating it, which in turn activated the fan. If you find a hybrid heating system, have it analyzed by a professional.
Oil-fired systems 204 Gas-fired systems 206 Electrical systems 207 Area heaters 207 Gas-fired units 207 Electrical units 208 Heating system inspection procedure 208 Warm-air systems 210 Hot-water systems 212 Steam systems 213 Oil burners 214 Gas burners 214 Checkpoint summary 215
As with the gravity warm-air heating system, the gravity hot-water system is inefficient, not very responsive to changing demands for heat, and no longer installed in new construction. However, it might be found in many older homes. The principle of operation is similar to that of a gravity warm-air system As the water is heated, it becomes lighter than the cooler water and tends to rise. Since the system is filled with water, as the hot water rises, it displaces the cooler water, forcing it to return to the boiler for reheating, and thus induces circulation. To keep the resistance to flow at a minimum, the size of the distribution piping is relatively large about 3 inches in diameter compared to the distribution piping in a forced system about 1 inch in diameter. Fig. 14-6. Expansion tank for open gravity hot-water system located in attic. Fig. 14-6. Expansion tank for open gravity hot-water system located in attic. that discharge when the pressure exceeds 30 psi and 15 psi,...
Another of the owner's goals is to rely on renewable sources of heat as the main energy drivers. These sources include a solar hot-water system and a high-temperature anaerobic digester, a process that uses natural composting cycles to break down organic waste in a non-oxygenated vessel. This produces biomethane, which is then modified to create pipeline-grade natural gas. The digester is fed with 50 to 75 percent sewage and 25 to 50 percent agricultural residue and organic garbage. Sewage and organic garbage will come from the surrounding community. Agricultural residues will come from the rural areas on the island.
Perhaps of more interest to the homeowner (particularly those who have gotten away from it all and find themselves on an island without an adequate fresh water supply), is wave powered desalination. One device that is near commercial production can be installed by two SCUBA divers working out of a small boat. The heart of this device is a submerged hydraulic cylinder, which is stroked by the heaving motion of a float or buoy and pumps seawater through a reverse osmosis membrane. A small prototype has been operating off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico and produces 250 gallons per day in waves 3 feet high. An article is enclosed that describes this in more detail.
Central heating systems 182 Heating outlets registers and radiators 183 Thermostat and master shutoff 183 Warm-air systems 184 Advantages 185 Disadvantages 185 Gravity warm air 185 Forced warm air 187 Controls 187 Distribution systems 188 Supply registers and return grille 189 Heat pump 190 Hot-water systems 190 Gravity hot water 191 Forced hot water 192 Boilers 192
There are four ways to cut your water heating bills use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heater, insulate your water heater, and buy a new, more efficient water heater. A family of four, each showering for 5 minutes a day, uses 700 gallons of water a week this is enough for a 3-year supply of drinking water for one person. You can cut that amount in half simply by using low-flow showerheads and faucets.
Systems, as well as periods of drought. Porous paving materials allow more storm water to be absorbed into the earth at the point of contact. Savings are achieved in the installation of infrastructure systems because of the reduction in storm water runoff. Porous paving materials also allow for more water to reach deep, underground aquifers that are a major source of much of Beijing's drinking water. Planted surfaces, or areas with foliage distributed within a matrix of soil-controlling materials, also do not concentrate heat, and serve to promote outdoor activities. The MIT design for Hui Long Guan provided impervious materials in semi-private
This alternative becomes essential where the mains water supply is unreliable for any reason. The internal supply becomes indirect when it is fed from a storage facility within the building. It is usually necessary in a very densely populated area where, if a direct system were provided, the many people calling for water at any one time would warrant the size of mains to be uneconomical. Low pressure valves are required within this system for cisterns and tanks fed from the bulk supply tank. Drinking water must never be consumed from a tank supply unless it has been manufactured specifically for the purpose. For drinking purposes a direct supply from the mains is required and, in some areas, it is not uncommon to see an additional tap specifically labelled 'drinking water'. On larger
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Rainwater harvesting and graywater reuse are good technologies for new buildings and major renovations, since they both require dual piping systems to collect, treat, and reuse water inside the building, as well as space for possible water storage. Typically, rainwater storage systems are integrated with a building's fire-storage water tank. The storage tank often is sized to hold 50 percent or more of the water from a site's annual rainfall as creating a tank big enough to capture 100 percent of the annual rainfall usually doesn't pay since much of a site's annual rain often falls during a few big showers or storms. The harvested and treated rainwater can be used for toilet flushing, site irrigation, or to generate makeup water to compensate for loss of water to evaporation or leakage in a cooling tower. Installing these systems in existing buildings is more costly and technically difficult. However, rainwater harvesting is gaining popularity for use in conjunction with existing...
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