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Three Waters Project

One of the larger sustainability projects (in addition to our commitment to local foods and our on site recycling center that is open to the public)First Alternative Cooperative has taken on in recent years is the Three Waters Project. In conjunction with our City Government, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the League of Women Voters, the Co-op has been working for the past 6 years on reducing our water consumption. waste water and storm water runoff by 50% of previous levels. This has involved a demonstration area being created complete with water catchment tanks, bioswales, biochar filters and several interactive ways to pump water in the display area. It has expanded to over 14,000 gallons of water catchment tanks to serve our irrigation needs in the hot dry summer months, meaning we do not have to use municipal water for irrigation; one of the first gray water systems in Oregon which allows us to filter and reuse hand washing water to flush the very low water usage toilets (.8 gallons per flush) in our public restrooms; a new rain garden which you see in the picture accompanying this scan and new procedures in store to reduce consumption..

Taking a Rest From Shoveling Stone for the New Rain Garden