Major

Environmental Engineering

Anticipated Graduation Year

2022

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

The city of Chicago is equipped with combined sewer systems to prevent flooding during heavy periods of rainfall. These systems hold untreated wastewater and stormwater that is expelled into surrounding bodies of water, contaminating it. Delaying water usage during peak storm times can prevent combined sewer overflow into the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. User active measures in an application will be used to engage and educate students about water issues Chicago currently faces and how combined sewer overflow. Reducing and delaying student water usage overall, especially during times of large rainfall events, will allow the strain on wastewater treatment infrastructure to decrease.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Gajan Sivandran

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Gamification to Educate on Combined Sewer Overflows and Improve Water Conservation

The city of Chicago is equipped with combined sewer systems to prevent flooding during heavy periods of rainfall. These systems hold untreated wastewater and stormwater that is expelled into surrounding bodies of water, contaminating it. Delaying water usage during peak storm times can prevent combined sewer overflow into the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. User active measures in an application will be used to engage and educate students about water issues Chicago currently faces and how combined sewer overflow. Reducing and delaying student water usage overall, especially during times of large rainfall events, will allow the strain on wastewater treatment infrastructure to decrease.