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TitleA new methodology for evaluating potential for potable water savings (PPWS) by using rainwater harvesting at the urban level : the case of the munic...
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBelmeziti, A, Coutard, O, de Gouvello, B
Paginationp. 312 - 326; 8 tab.; 3 fig.
Date Published2013-03-01
PublisherMolecular Diversity Preservation International, Water Editorial Office, MDPI
Place PublishedBasel, Switzerland
Keywordsdrinking water, multiple-use of water, rainwater harvesting, safe water supply, urban areas, water supply, water use

The practice of rainwater harvesting (RWH) is spreading rapidly in urban areas. This article studies the impact of a possible generalization of this practice for municipalities by proposing a new method to quantify the potential for potable water savings (PPWS) by using rainwater harvesting at the urban level. The proposed method is based on the adaptation of an already validated model assessing the PPWS for single buildings and the use of urban databases. Two concepts are introduced: (1) the “building type” that allows gathering all the buildings sharing common features; and (2) the “equivalent building,” which is used to assess the PPWS of a set of buildings (of a same building type) as if it were a single building. In the case of the municipality of Colombes (located in the suburbs of Paris), the method shows that the PPWS by using rainwater harvesting represents about 10% of the total potable water consumption: the residential buildings account for 64% of this potential. This method can be applied to other municipalities with a level of acceptable reliability with regard to the means to be implemented in terms of collecting information. [authors abstract]

NotesWith 29 references on p. 324 - 326
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