Urban Roots Bridgeport (URB) was established to provide a network of neighborhood gardens, in order to promote and serve an urban organic farming system in the Bridgeport community. There are fourteen community gardens – some of which are already in-use, and some are currently being developed. Water for the gardens is provided either through city water or a neighboring property. URB seeks to become an independent community garden and is considering implementation of rainwater harvesting systems as an alternative water source.
The Hartford Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-HPC) has been retained to evaluate and design a rainwater harvesting system for two of the established community gardens – Hallett Street Garden and Lafayette Street Garden. EWB-HPC evaluated site conditions, designed the layout, sized the storage tanks, and implemented this project during the summer of 2013 with the funding from Pratt & Whitney.