Recycled Water

Homes to Recycle Water

Droughts have pushed cities, especially in the American Southwest, to strengthen efficiency mandates at every point in the water system. According to a recent Energy Collective article, Lancaster, California was one of the first municipalities to require homes to be not only solar-ready, but have recycle-ready plumbing. Innovative companies have developed systems that recycle the gray water in the home for non-potable uses (e.g., outside irrigation, toilet water, etc.). According to the article, more than 80 percent of the water used in the typical home is not used for drinking, and technology is now available that can recover 2 of every 3 gallons of a home’s gray water. Generally, these types of systems can cut the total amount of water used by a home by about one-third. 

November 30, 2014--Next step in sustainability: Requiring homes to recycle water (Energy Collective)

Lancaster, California was one of the first municipalities to push the envelope on sustainability by requiring homes to be solar-ready, as part of Mayor Rex Parris’ goal of becoming a net-zero city.

November 20, 2014--Recycled water facility in Australia offers lessons for global drought planning (Circle of Blue)

The blueprint for meeting Australia’s future water demand is taking physical shape in Craigie, a northern suburb of Perth, the largest city in Western Australia.

February 11, 2013--Grey water (Environmental News Network)

There is only so much fresh water in the world of the kind people need to drink to live. Recycled water, or gray water, is water that has been used for household activities such as taking showers or washing dishes. Then there is water that is a bit more dirty such as from the toilet.

June 25, 2009--Camp Pendleton unveils system to reuse treated wastewater (L.A. Times)

Camp Pendleton officials Wednesday formally dedicated an upgraded water treatment system that includes one of Southern California's most ambitious uses of recycled water.

May 3, 2009--How about an ice-cold glass of recycled wastewater? (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Water for future homes and businesses on the plains east of Colorado Springs might come from flushed toilets. That's because fresh water is running out fast.The idea is to recycle wastewater from toilet to tap, reducing water use by 80 percent, said Mike Hurd, one of the people involved in the project.

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