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[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="16772" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="10"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="16776" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text] Photo: Bill Timmerman. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="10"][vc_column_text] By Jason T. Berner The University of Arizona at Tucson campus takes the RainWorks Challenge.   [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]ucson receives 12 inches of rain a year, and much of that rainfall evaporates or “evapotranspires” through its plantlife. Future climate change scenarios going out to 2099 expect increased temperatures will likely reduce snowpack, which will impact streams in the spring by reduced surface water runoff entering streams, according to the EPA. And with future amounts of precipitation projected to decrease during the spring, available water resources to meet high summer demands of a growing population will be reduced. Also, with limited existing surface water and future projections of decreased precipitation for Arizona, it makes sense that universities, such as the University of Arizona at Tucson, focus on water conservation efforts using rainwater, gray water, and condensate collection systems. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="40"][blockquote text="Sustainable landscape projects at the university have influenced the city, which now has a municipal rainwater-harvesting ordinance, requiring 50 percent of water used for irrigating landscapes to originate from onsite sources." show_quote_icon="no"][vc_separator type="transparent"...

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