Quality of roof-harvested rainwater - Comparsion of different roofing materials
- Quality of roof-harvested rainwater - Comparsion of different roofing materials
- 이주영; 박기쁨; 한무영
- Harvested rainwater quality; Roofing materials; Fecal indicators; Pathogen indicators
- Issue Date
- Environmental pollution
- VOL 162, 422-429
- The objective of the study reported in this paper was to assess the quality of harvested rainwater on the basis of the roofing materials used and the presence of lichens/mosses on the roofing surface. Four pilot structures with different roofing materials (i.e., wooden shingle tiles, concrete tiles, clay tiles [Gi-Wa] and galvanized steel) were installed in a field. The galvanized steel was found to be the most suitable for rainwater harvesting applications, with their resulting physical and chemical water quality parameters meeting the Korean guidelines for drinking water quality (e.g., pH (5.8–8.5), TSS <500 mg/L, NO3− < 10 mg/L, SO42− < 200 mg/L, Al < 0.2 mg/L, Cu < 1 mg/L, Fe < 0.3 mg/L, Pb < 0.05 mg/L, Zn < 1 mg/L, and E. coli (No detection)). In the galvanized steel case, the relatively high water quality was probably due to ultraviolet light and the high temperature effectively disinfecting the harvested rainwater. It was also found that the presence of lichens and mosses may adversely affect the physical, chemical and microbiological quality of rainwater.
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