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Aquatic Pond & Rainwater Harvesting System at Kroon Hall

A rainwater-harvesting system on the south side of Kroon Hall collects stormwater runoff from the building's roof and from portions of the surrounding grounds. Once collected, the water is held in a settling tank which allows the majority of the sediment to settle out. From there, the water is moved to a storage tank and slowly recirculated through the aquatic treatment pond.  The pond employs wetland plants such as cattails, irises, and lotuses to remove impurities, including nitrogen, phosphates, and particulates, before the water is reused for either irrigation or toilet flushing. The pond also provides students, staff and faculty an enjoyable place to relax.