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Banks, Suzy and Richard Heinichen. Rainwater Collection For the Mechanically Challenged, USA.

Reynolds, John S. and Benjamin Stein (2000). Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 9th ed., Wiley, New York.

Texas Water Development Board in Cooperation with the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (1997). Texas Guide to Rainwater Harvesting, 2nd ed., Austin Texas.

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Public Law No.93-523, effective Dec. 16, 1974.

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A special thanks to Anita Van Asperdt & Eimar Boesjes who made this project possible by allowing us to tour, study and consequently admire their home rainwater collection system. Their generosity and enthusiasm is much appreciated. Thank you!

A huge thank you is in order for the friendly people at EWEB's Hayden Bridge Facility, particularly Melissa Wisely, Steve Blair, Mitch Postle, and Doug Wise for assistance with testing procedures and advice regarding filter construction.

Thanks also to the following individuals for helping us learn enough about rainwater testing to devise a meaningful hypothesis & methodology.
  Tom Kimball, UC Davis Aquatic Toxicology Lab
  Gail Andrews, Oregon State Univ. Bioengineering Department
  Paul Engelking, University of Oregon Chemistry Department

This study was conducted in conjunction with the University of Oregon Department of Architecture and the Environmental Control Systems Lecture Series: Professors Alison Kwok, Virginia Cartwright, and Graduate Teaching Fellows Matt Larson, Laura Wade Jensen, Christina Bollo, and Chad Weltzin.

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Rainwater Harvesting is a Vital Signs Case Study
prepared by Angela Matt and Joshua Cohen, Spring 2001.