Project Info
Theme/Year
Climate Change 2017
Status
Honorable Mention
Project Overview

Water is so essential to people’s daily lives. In fact, humans use 80-100 gallons of water day. The largest use of this water comes from flushing toilets and taking showers. However, this will all become limited with the increase in climate change because our small supply of freshwater is at a potential of risk due to acid rain and drought. Acid rain has the ability to turn water sources acidic over a period of time, and drought can induce damage in several ecosystems all at once. Humans rely so heavily on water that they must be prepared for such drastic effects. Consequently, we, Team Raindrop, developed the Eco-Pineapple Gutter, a gutter that efficiently captures rainwater, filters it, and then transmits it into households to be used as greywater. This design also focuses around the concept of water preservation.Based off its name, the Eco-Pineapple Gutter was greatly inspired by the Bromeliad family, specifically the pineapple. Pineapples have hydrophobic leaves that capture water and nutrients and allow them to be stored in a small “water tank” found in the center of the leaves. The Eco-Pineapple Gutter mimics a pineapple by utilizing waterproof, arched structures that carry water into the downspout of the gutter. Here, a filtration system made out of gravel, sand, untreated soil, and activated charcoal filter out dirt and neutralize the acidity of the water passing through. This water is transferred into households to be used in toilets, showers, and sinks.The Eco-Pineapple Gutter provides an ideal solution to acid rain and drought by utilizing rainwater in households instead of placing a heavy reliance on our restricted amount of freshwater, which needs to be preserved. We believe the replacement of normal gutters with the Eco-Pineapple Gutter is mutually beneficial to the environment and humans.

Team Members

Shriya Iyer, Luka Balac, Sophia Farias, Blake Marcotte

School
Wilbur Wright Middle School
Location
Indiana, United States, Munster