This study describes the use of rainwater and greywater (originated from bathroom only) for provision of non-contact indoor and outdoor use in high-rise buildings. A brownfield development site in Box Hill suburb of Melbourne was selected as case study site for this investigation. The performance of alternative servicing options was compared with conventional water supply, stormwater and wastewater servicing. A water balance model UVQ (Urban Volume and Quality) was applied to determine storage capacities and to evaluate the percentage reduction in water supplying, stormwater run-off and wastewater disposal, as well as volumes of rainwater use and greywater reuse. In this study, the impact of variation in collection area (600 m2 and 900 m2) and appliance discharge volumes was examined. A number of demand management options were also investigated. The results of this study indicate greywater reuse is more suited than rainwater use for this development because of the steady, constant supply of greywater compared to the highly fluctuating, storm-event supply of rainwater and the high population density creating comparatively large volumes of greywater.
Assessment of rainwater use and greywater reuse in high-rise buildings in a brownfield site
Yan Zhang, Andrew Grant, Ashok Sharma, Donghui Chen, Liang Chen; Assessment of rainwater use and greywater reuse in high-rise buildings in a brownfield site. Water Sci Technol 1 July 2009; 60 (3): 575–581. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.364
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