The Graywater Blog
News about our projects, the drought, green community news, and regulations that affect our customers.
As record droughts continue across the American West more and more companies are looking for innovative ways to save water. Luckily Water Recycling Systems (WRS) is here to help!
Our newest commercial project took us to “Two Brothers Truck Wash” in Houston, Texas. With eight wash bays and round the clock customers this facility will recycle over a million gallons of water annually.
Rainwater or Graywater, Commercial or Residential, large or small, it doesn’t matter. WRS is ready to help our environment and save our customers both water and money!
It’s a rare occurrence when the city of Los Angeles gets something “new”, this town has seen it all. But late last year something “new” appeared at the Westfield Century City Mall, and we at WRS are proud to have been part of its creation.
We’re talking about Eataly LA! This sprawling 67,000 square foot culinary outpost features a range of Italian eateries and food markets. This world famous gastronomic haven has locations in New York, Boston and Chicago, but its greenest establishment has now officially opened in Los Angeles.
In addition to being passionate about all things culinary, the Eataly Partners and Collaborators have a strong environmental conscience. Especially when its about water and it’s preservation and conservation.
Housed inside this marvel of modern cuisine sits another true first for the city of Los Angeles, the very first Commercial NSF-350 Certified Graywater System. This revolutionary Water Recycling System sits on the first floor adjacent to the Gelato and Cannoli bar, proudly displayed inside a pristine glass enclosure.
Constructed over a period of several months WRS worked with Ecovie Environmental, All Area Plumbing, Clune Construction, Weil Aquatronics and CSI Electrical Contractors in a coordinated effort to recycle as much of the facilities water as possible.
The end result is an one of kind Graywater System. A fully automated system that collects the facilities water, purifies it to the highest safety levels, and re-uses it for flushing all toilets and urinals.
Make time for a trip to Eataly LA and marvel at the amazing range of food and wine on display; Gift Baskets are ideal for Holiday presents. And while you’re there, order a Cannoli, fill it with your favorite Galato, and as you enjoy – turn around and have a look at the System. It’s a product of years of hard won knowledge, built with one goal in mind, to help save water – our most vital natural resource.
WRS is proud to announce that we now offer an NSF 350 certified Graywater System!
Some of our readers may be unaware of what exactly NSF 350 means and why this new certification is such a big deal. For those readers here’s a quick background on NSF 350 and its benefits.
Recycled graywater with NSF 350 approval allows the treated water to be stored without time restraints. Where codes permit, NSF 350 water can be used for spray irrigation, flushing toilets, and poses no health threats. A big part of achieving NSF certification is that high water quality standards must be met over a 6 month period of stress testing with no human interaction.
Aqualoop is the only system to meet both commercial and residential NSF 350 standards. Water with a NSF 350 certification will easily meet local codes for permitting and is now being required in national and international level code guidelines. NSF 350 is the gold standard in low impact green oriented construction for graywater recycling.
Here at WRS we are elated to reach this milestone in our company’s history. This new certification will help us further expand our operations and will allow us to provide our clients with the absolute highest quality recycled water!
The Meridian House, this wonder of architecture sits just off Ocean Park Blvd in the heart of Santa Monica, California. It’s architect and owner is Thane Roberts. As 2015 came to a close Thane had one goal in mind, to continue to make his home as self sufficient and low impact as possible. His next step was Rainwater Capture and Re-Use. Water Recycling Systems stepped in to help him achieve that goal.
During the home’s construction Thane made the wise decision to install dual rainwater plumbing. This inexpensive decision is something we always encourage as it allows for easy installation of a Water Recycling System at a later date. With this pre-existing plumbing in place Water Recycling Systems was able to quickly install a Rainwater Re-Use System featuring high strength filtration and UV disinfection. Thane’s captured Rainwater is cleaned to a degree that allows him to legally use it for spray irrigation and hardscape wash down.
News of this accomplishment reached the offices of The City of Santa Monica, and soon after completion we found ourselves giving a tour of the system to members of The California Water Resources Board. Santa Monica continues to be a forward thinking, drought conscious municipality and the work done by Water Recycling Systems entitled Thane to a hefty rebate.
Further information about Thane Roberts, his architecture, and The Meridian House can be found here.
In early 2015 the city of Los Angeles embarked on an unprecedented campaign to capture, control, and reuse stormwater. New rules and regulations, titled L.I.D (Low Impact Development), were put into place to define how both residential and commercial developments capture and control their stormwater.
A major tenant of LID states that any new development in Los Angeles must capture and control rainwater that falls onto the property. By releasing the captured water at a set rate the development helps to protect our water shed and saves the L.A. storm drain system from overload. Here at WRS we appreciate the cities desire to protect our most valuable resource, but we also ask the question, “If you must capture, why not reuse?”
This mantra drove our work at “The Broadway Job” a seven story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles. WRS helped design, build and install a state of the art Rainwater Capture and Reuse System that feeds the building’s ecologically friendly Green Roof. Further pictures and media can be found in the photo gallery section – http://reusegraywater.com/photos/ . We are proud to help L.A. continue to save its most precious resource and we feel The Broadway Job was a great first step into the world of LID.
A recent Nasdaq Publication has given us insight on a California based company and its stock market integrity. As the post says, California Water Group’s “shares are currently trading up about 0.9% on the day.”
For those not aware, the California Water Group is a collective effort to mitigate water usage. In short, they manage water utilities and systems on a large scale across multiple states. So what exactly does their stock market success entail for us?
One thing this indicates for us is that the water drought may actually be taken seriously! If the individual stock has risen above its 200 day average, it obviously entails the success within CWP. This increase could also be indicative of the need to monitor the use of California’s extremely short supply of water (which we’re sure you never heard about that until now).
Either way, we can be of great service to this small boom in what we call the “water-related stock exchange”. By providing technology with cunning proficiency, we effectively mitigate the urgency that is California’s water situation. By repurposing and recycling materials that would otherwise be put to waste, we alleviate and help reverse the process of this excruciating drought.
By: Jay Berstein
Among the many issues associated with the drought (financial hits to the agricultural sector and the degradation of delicate ecosystems) is one that quite literally hits close to home. The lesser known drought-related detriment is the surprising decrease in property values.
How is it that a state whose water use is 80% accounted for by the agricultural sector (while being accountable for 2% of the state’s GDP) has a drought which effects individual property values? The issue is this: with a greater part of the US having one sort of dependency or another on California’s agricultural doings, it’s hard not to justify the seemingly excessive water usage. It’s a huge economic driver for California, and we’ve seen before how massive a hit the drought can cause for such an important part of our economy. That being the case, Governor Brown issued mandatory cutbacks of 20% or more from residential water users rather than the agricultural sector.
With that in mind, the financial impact of the drought has to go someplace, and unfortunately it has been delegated to individuals in California residences and their forever fluctuating property values. To find out more about this not-so-apparent connection, read here.
By: Jay Berstein