Water is Treasure


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This is part of the pattern language developed by TKWA for the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Unfortunately, our culture tends to see rainwater as a waste product; piping, storing and treating it as though it were sewage. The fate of wastewater from buildings also tends to be ignored, but also has a large environmental impact in terms of centralized treatment facilities.


Rain should be allowed to slowly be absorbed on the land where it falls. Local subsurface movement of water must be understood before proposing any structure that might disrupt that flow. Minimize the use of hard paving surfaces and where used, make it permeable. Rainwater that comes off the roof should be slowed down, collected and/or reintroduced to the local water table. In the process, water can become a visual and acoustic part of daily life and consciousness at the Center. Where practical, use captured and treated water to replenish and restore ponds and lakes. Treat all effluent generated on site with a local Constructed Wetland for Sanitary Treatment (CWST). All of these methods for dealing with wastewater should be made as visible as possible, allowing for educational opportunities to researchers and visitors. They will also work to reduce the need for external water supply to the site.

Tom Kubala is principal of The Kubala Washatko Architects.
Tom Kubala

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