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EPA Grant Number: SU833508
Title: Harvesting Rooftop Runoff from RDP Housing in South Africa: A Pragmatic Approach to Supplement Water Supply While Reducing Flooding, Soil Erosion, and Disease
Ohio State University students will design a collection and distribution system for water runoff from metal rooftops of South African homes built by the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). The group will design and build a system which catches water from the corrugated metal roofs and distributes it for flushing toilets and watering gardens. The students will partner with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to install several of these systems as prototypes in South Africa.