Rainwater Harvesting on San Fran’s Pier 27

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On San Francisco’s celebrated waterfront, Pier 27 now has a new role. On it is the new, ultra-modern landmark: the James R. Herman cruise ship terminal.

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San Francisco’s Pier 27’s 1,360-ft. berth now accommodates the largest cruise ships. The crown jewel is the 88,000-sq.-ft. building itself. Of course, with California at the leading edge of the sustainability movement, it should be no surprise that “green” technology was set as one of the key expectations for the new cruise ship terminal, early on. The building won a LEED Silver rating.

One of the really unique facets is the BRAE rainwater harvesting system with several large tanks, there to do two very important things. It puts rainwater to use; water that would otherwise be lost. And it greatly reduces runoff from the property, water that would spill into the ocean.

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The cruise terminal is equipped with a five-tank, 42,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system—now providing water for toilet flushing in the main terminal, and also for outdoor irrigation of the facility’s gardens.

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