Characterization and Treatment of Water from Decorative Water Features and Other Building Water Sources

Decorative water fountains have been widely used the inside/or outside of large buildings, squares, amusement parks, shopping malls and other architectural settings. Concerns have been raised recently about potential negative impact associated with the transmission of waterbourne infection. As well, the green building movement, particulary LEEDS criteria proposed by US green Building Council demands the efficient use of water on all sites and reuse of non]potable water sources. This internship will take a holistic approach with an aim to reclaim and reuse water from decorative water features and other water sources such as grey water, rain water, cooling water or air conditioned condensates available from large architectural building. To do so, a thorough literature review will be conducted to collect, compile and critically assess relevant literature information in terms of regulatory requirements, treatment and reuse options. A series of experimental testing under well controlled conditions will be conducted to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of water fountains in terms of ambient air and water quality. The results will be used to recommend efficient, cost]effective water management strategies that could minimize potential environmental impact while improving new building LEED certification for decorative water features.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Hongde Zhou


Karthik Srinivasan


Crystal Fountains Inc




Construction and infrastructure


University of Guelph



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