Weather Station and Condensate Collection System Installed at WRRC
Weather data are now being generated at the WRRC, just in time for the summer monsoon season. Real-time temperature, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and humidity readouts are available. As part of a UA Green Fund mini-grant, the weather station has been installed along with an online weather tool so anyone can access the data over time. The WRRC weather data can be accessed at http://wrrc.arizona.edu/weather.
The Green Fund project, "An Untapped Resource: Condensate Collection for Water Sustainability on the University of Arizona Campus," was initiated to collect and measure condensate from air conditioning (AC) units at the WRRC. AC units generate gallons of high-quality condensate (water) from out of the air. This water is mostly going down the drain or evaporating, rather than being put to a beneficial use in a region where water is a limited resource. In this pilot project, two AC units will be monitored and the weather station will provide temperature, precipitation and humidity data that will be analyzed for correlations with condensate production. The data generated will be used to quantify potential AC condensate to augment water supplies.