Return Their Rivers


Name: Mina Eghbal

Nationality: Iranian

Institution / Company: Kingston University London


Name: Dinjal Damania

Nationality: Portuguese

Institution / Company: Cardiff University, METIS Practice 


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Summers are predicted to get warmer and rainfall heavier in Wales. Furthermore, the rise in algae in rivers has severely affected aquatic wildlife. The pollution can be traced back to the rise in poultry farmers who let contaminated wastewater run into the rivers. If this pollution were to continue, the river flora and fauna may permanently perish. Our future farming system has a twofold function. Since farming, both crop and animal, is a water intensive industry, our design is for a self-sustaining system of water collect and storage for farms. Firstly, during times of heavy rainfall and flooding, the excess water will be collected and stored. This water will then be used for domestic and farm use during times of draught. Secondly, the wastewater from animal farms which contains high levels of phosphorus, will be used as fertiliser for crops. This nutrient rich wastewater will then be used to fertilise the adjoining farms after treatment. As a result, algae from the rivers will disappear and the freshwater habitat will be returned to the fishes. In addition, our project provides social cultural value by creating a community centre that raises awareness about the aforementioned issues and encourages rainwater and greywater reuse.


#Rainwater #Irrigation #Rivers #Draught #Farming

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