In advance of the Campus Energy Conference, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) asked Duke University and Sustainable Water to write a publication showcasing innovative water management in district energy systems. Released as a feature in District Energy magazine this month, the article discusses steps that Duke is taking to create a more water resilient campus. The article will be presented by Duke and Sustainable Water in Austin, Texas – just two weeks away. Sustainable Water is hoping for a big turn-out.
The article, entitled “Blazing Trails in Water Resiliency,” features Duke’s new stormwater reclamation pond and a few upcoming water management initiatives currently underway at the University. After nearly two years of construction, Duke completed its innovative reclamation pond this spring. This pond will not only offset the environmental impacts of campus stormwater runoff, but also serves as a primary makeup source for Duke’s district utility system. After it is fully operational, the pond is expected to reduce the campus potable water footprint by as much as 100 million gallons annually – nearly 20% of the University’s total water footprint in 2013.
In addition to the pond, Duke is also investigating campus-scale wastewater reclamation. Taking the lead from Emory University in Atlanta, Duke has retained Sustainable Water to perform a feasibility study to investigate a broader campus water reclamation strategy. Now half way through feasibility, Sustainable Water believes wastewater reclamation will provide tangible synergies to the new stormwater reclamation pond. Between both strategies, potable water consumption can be reduced as much as 50% over 2013 baseline standards – eliminating potable water use in campus utility systems. If implemented, a campus reclamation system will likely offer millions in utility cost savings over the design-life of the facility.
As a proud member and sponsor, Sustainable Water will be attending IDEA’s conference themed “The Changing Landscape,” that will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. Sustainable Water will be presenting twice this year. You can catch both presentations on Thursday morning, February 11th. See below for details.
Time: 8:30 AM
Title: Duke University Pledges to Solve the Water Conundrum through Decentralized Water Reclamation and Reuse
Presenter: Darin Smith, Duke University; T. Ryan Lavinder, Duke University & Jonathan Lanciani, Sustainable Water
Time: 10:45 AM
Title: Symposium: Water Resiliency
Presenters: Joan Kowal, Emory University; Juan Ontiveros, University of Texas-Austin; Nathan Cesarz, Affiliated Engineers; Jonathan Lanciani, Sustainable Water; and Bob Salvatelli, Moderator with Sustainable Water
Sustainable Water will be located at Booth #67. Don’t forget to register and join us as we enjoy dinner and entertainment at Stubb’s BBQ Wednesday, February 10th with fellow IDEA Campus Energy attendees! To learn more, visit: http://sustainablewater.com/event/2016-idea-campus-energy-the-changing-landscape/
 This article originally appeared in District Energy magazine, published by the International District Energy Association. Used with permission.