Missouri State University and Watershed Committee of the Ozarks construct 20,000 gallon rainwater collection system in Springfield

 Missouri State University and Watershed Committee of the Ozarks have completed the construction of a large rainwater collection system at the MSU William H. Darr Agricultural Center. This innovative project is part of the Big Urbie stormwater grant to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff.

The rainwater collection system can capture 20,000 gallons of water from the roof of Pinegar Arena to store in underground tanks. The water is used for dust suppression inside the arena. Rainwater harvesting reduces the amount of runoff and conserves drinking water.

The planning, design and construction of this project was a yearlong collaborative effort from many groups.  Missouri State Campus Construction served as the general contractor with engineering services provided by Geosyntec Consultants. The 10 polyethylene underground tanks were supplied by Free Water Systems. Matching funds and in-kind assistance was provided by The Sustainability Commission of the Missouri State University Students, MSU Facilities Management and MSU Planning Design and Construction.

This is one of many projects funded by the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship  Project (nicknamed Big Urbie), a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Learn more about the project at www.bigurbie.org

Stacey Armstrong, Projects Manager

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