Applying GIS-based rainwater harvesting design system in the water-energy conservation scheme for large cities
International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (2009)
Apr. 22, 2009 to Apr. 24, 2009
Yie-Ru Chiu , Dept. of Environment and Property Management, Jin Wen University of Science&Technology, Taipei 23154, Taiwan
Chao-Hsien Liaw , Dept. of Harbor and River Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 20224, Taiwan
Chih-Yang Hu , School of Public Health, Louisiana State University, New Orleans 70112, USA
Yao-Lung Tsai , Dept. of Leisure and Recreation, Aletheia University, Tainan, Taiwan
Hsueh-Hsien Chang , Dept. of Electronic Engineering, Jin Wen University of Science and Technology, Taipei 23154, Taiwan
Urban water supply systems consume energy for distribution. Saving potable water therefore implies saving energy. Using hillside communities of Taipei Metropolitan as a case study, this study proposed a GIS-based rainwater harvesting design system incorporating spatial technologies, hydraulic simulation and economic feasibility to explore how rainwater harvesting systems (RWHSs) can be a cost-effectively tool in urban water-energy conservation planning. The results clearly indicate that the economic feasibility of RWHSs was significantly enhanced when water and energy savings are both considered. Moreover, well-designed RWHSs can alleviate the water-energy shortage caused by rapid urbanization.
Y. Tsai, Y. Chiu, Chih-Yang Hu, H. Chang and C. Liaw, "Applying GIS-based rainwater harvesting design system in the water-energy conservation scheme for large cities," International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design(CSCWD), Santiago, Chile, 2009, pp. 722-727.