Final Project Presentation of Melissa Fagan
Thursday, April 19, 2012
CCEC School of Engineering extends an invitation to attend Melissa Fagan’s Final Project Presentation on Thursday, 19 April 2012, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., in Building 50 / Room 3300.
Project Title: “A Sustainable Water Management Project at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens”
ABSTRACT: Water treatment and conservation is a topic of great importance to many people for many reasons. Approximately 1.1 billion people around the world do not have access to a clean water source and 2.2 million actually die of sanitary related diseases. Across the country communities and agencies striving to be more eco-friendly and zoological facilities are researching ideas as well. A solution is to create a sustainable water management system which allows water to be reused for consumption, industry and irrigation. Sand filtration is one method of purification that has been widely studied and found to be efficient and inexpensive. Since 1804 when John Gibb developed a slow sand filter for his home use in Scotland, the method has been constantly studied and is continuously evolving.  Another sustainable water treatment method is constructed wetlands. Constructed wetlands support emergent plants which aid in filtration, as well as offer surfaces for bacteria to attach and adsorb wastewater constituents. When combining these two filtration methods, a range of water quality levels can be achieved. Due to its status as a non-profit organization, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (Zoo) provides a great landscape for implementing a sustainable water management system since it is always seeking ways to reduce costs and improve the environment. Over the last few years a number of exhibits have been renovated or constructed. These improvements to the Zoo have led to a higher visitation rate and concomitant increased cost and water demands. By creating a system that allows for the capture and treatment of storm water, precipitation, and water used for exhibits, the Zoo will have the ability to register significant financial savings as well as secure conservation of a valuable natural resource.