Problems Addressed Through the Implementation of a Rainwater Catchment System Water is one of the most abundant resources on earth. Water comprises over 70% of the earth’s surface. Fresh water too is seemingly abundant, as we find it in our lakes, streams, and rivers. Water is even trapped beneath us between vast expanses of rock, pooled in bodies called aquifers. Given this, it is easy to take water for granted. However, today our fresh water sources are in danger. As humans have tamed the wilderness, our bodies of water have borne the brunt of our expansion and pollution is an ever present threat. Our lakes, rivers, and streams are being tainted by oils and industrial pollutants, making them unusable for animal or plant consumption. Moreover, the dramatic increase in population seen in recent years is putting a strain on our underground wells and we are now taking water out of our aquifers faster than it can naturally be replenished. Rose-Hulman has repeatedly shown a dedication to striving towards greater sustainability of
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