Sustainable water and stormwater management for METU campus

Kiraz, Melike
As the environmental concerns increase, Sustainable/Green Campus applications with high level of environmental performance became widespread all over the world. Sustainable Campus practices include implementations regarding energy, waste, food, water, buildings and transportation. As a part of sustainable campus implementations, sustainable water management is an approach to plan, manage and use the water in the campus. In this context, METU is aware of the need to take actions for providing sustainable solutions for the campus. A comprehensive study funded by Middle East Technical University (METU) was initiated in 2014 to support METU’s initiatives to develop sustainable campus strategies. In this study, three main components were focused and these were water management, stormwater management and asset management in the context of sustainability for METU Campus. First, water resource of the campus was investigated by field work and evaluation of water withdrawal and water level data. Water consumption is analyzed especially at high demand locations such as dormitories, cafeteria and swimming pool. Evaluation of consumptions in dormitories was supported by the outcomes of a survey which aimed to understand the social behavior. In the second stage, a rainfall-runoff model in SWMM is developed both to understand stormwater collection and to evaluate potential benefits of Low Impact Development applications in the campus. Finally, the current situation of the water infrastructure system in the campus is investigated through an asset management approach. It is aimed that the outcomes of this study will aid decision makers in developing sustainable water management strategies for METU Campus.


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Citation Formats
M. Kiraz, “Sustainable water and stormwater management for METU campus,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.