The Herald Bulletin

September 30, 2013

Valparaiso public works hopes campus harvests rain

The Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. —  A northwestern Indiana city official hopes a new building project includes a rain-harvesting system.

Valparaiso Public Works Director Matt Evans said the 80,000 square feet of buildings on the city's new public works campus will have almost two acres of roof for collecting rain and directing it to an underground cistern. The water then could be applied for uses including mixing the brine the department uses in winter for melting snow and watering more than 200 trees the department cares for.

Evans tells The (Munster) Times  that the system would cost about $80,000, but it's something that would be environmentally friendly and give back for decades to the city about 15 miles southeast of Gary.

Plans for the campus are expected to be ready for bids in about a week.