Lewis gets grant for rainwater collection system
From Staff Reports November 27, 2012 2:04PM
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:17AM
Through a grants program sponsored by Hanson Material Service, Midwest Generation and ComEd, Lewis University received a $65,000 grant for a rainwater collection system.
The system gathers water and stores it in a 200,000-gallon tank previously provided by the Romeoville municipal water system. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2013.
The collected rainwater will be used for campus irrigation or cooling towers.
The system will preserve natural water systems since it will reduce Lewis’ use of a well for irrigation purposes. The system will also reduce the use of salt for softening water used for the cooling towers since rainwater doesn’t need to be softened.
The project is expected to reduce dependence on the aquifer and preserve it for the natural habitat in the Romeoville area.
The aquifer serves the nearby Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve, which is one of the few remaining habitats for the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly.
Hanson Material Service, Midwest Generation and ComEd have been working in partnership and with state and federal agencies to develop a conservation plan for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly.
The partners initiated the grant program, with funds received from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, to support additional projects that further the preservation of the endangered species and its habitat.