Automated Rainwater Harvesting & Irrigation Project is A GO!…pending rain

Senior Engineering Design team –Trujill Sandman, Refreeno Harvey, Paloma Juarros, Emily Dellenbach and Ryan Walker—supported by Dr. Christie Chatterley have successfully designed, constructed and installed our very own, one-of-a-kind Automated Rainwater Irrigation System, or ARIS. This system, which captures rainwater from the roof of our student-designed and built building, uses programmed sensors in the soil to deliver water to one of the EC’s campus garden beds when it becomes to dry. The new system provides us with a much-needed supply of back-up water when the irrigation breaks…in addition, it has been designed to provide us with the needed water to grow food for an extra month and a half each year! This means that we can provide more student-grown food to campus diners, thereby addressing – in a small way—an existing gap in campus food security. Now all that we need is rain….

Swing by the EC garden at any point to check out the Automated Rainwater Irrigation System and learn more about our Campus Garden Grown program!

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