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2024 Project of the Year – Retention/Detention: Repurposing Rainwater at a Bus Depot

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By: ViaCon Sweden
Rainwater Harvesting: A Swedish Bus Company’s Sustainable Solution
rain harvesting retention system

In an era where environmental responsibility is paramount, a Swedish municipal transport company has found an innovative way to reduce water consumption and embrace circularity in its bus cleaning operations through the use of a steel retention system. Recognizing the large demand for water in maintaining a fleet of buses, the company turned to rainwater harvesting as a sustainable alternative.

The Challenge and the Solution

Traditional bus washing methods require significant amounts of fresh water, contributing to resource depletion and environmental impact. To address this issue, the company partnered with ViaCon Sweden to implement a rainwater harvesting system at their bus depot using a state of the art retention system.

rain harvesting retention system

The system collects rainwater from the depot’s roof and surrounding surfaces, channeling it into large steel, retention system storage tanks. This collected rainwater is then treated and filtered, making it suitable for use in bus washing.

The Circular Water Management System

The sustainability doesn’t stop there. After being used for bus cleaning, the water undergoes further processing in a separate tank, allowing it to be reused multiple times in the washing cycle. This closed-loop system creates a truly circular water management solution.

Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting for Bus Cleaning
  • Reduced Fresh Water Consumption: The most significant advantage is the substantial decrease in fresh water usage, easing the strain on local water resources.
  • Cost Savings: By relying on naturally replenished rainwater within the retention system the company significantly reduces its water bills.
  • Quick Installation and Low Maintenance: The rainwater harvesting system is easy to install and requires minimal upkeep, making it a practical long-term solution.
  • Environmental Responsibility: Embracing rainwater harvesting demonstrates the company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

rain harvesting retention system

This innovative rainwater harvesting system using a corrugated steel pipe retention system is a shining example of how businesses can integrate sustainable practices into their operations. By utilizing existing resources like rainwater, companies can reduce their environmental footprint while reaping financial benefits. The Swedish bus company’s success story serves as inspiration for others looking to implement eco-friendly solutions such as rainwater harvesting and contribute to a more sustainable future.

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