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1) How big
is the property we are considering? How does the area
compared to an acre? How big is an acre (in non-technical terms)?
2) How much
of the property is in garden plots? How much water would be
needed to give the gardens one inch of water?
3) What is
the area of the roof? How much rain with
the roof collect in a typical rainfall?
depth annual precipitation do we typically get in Chicago?
annual precipitation do we typically get in Chicago?
5) What is
a "typical rainfall" in Chicago? Would it fill
the two rain barrels for the home we are considering?
6) For the home we are considering, how many rain
barrels would fill in a typical rainfall in
7) In addition to rain barrels, suggest other ways
the amount of rain water going into city sewers could be reduced.
(optional): As an individual (not as a team),
estimate how many rain barrels you would need at your home (or a
building of your choice) to collect and store water from a typical
Chicago rainfall. Explain and show your supporting data.
© 2007 Laura L. Sanders. Last updated
August 30, 2007.