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News about our projects, the drought, green community news, and regulations that affect our customers.

Why Snowpack Matters and a Rain Water Capture System will too!

Why Snowpack Matters and a Rain Water Capture System will too!

16 of the last 28 years have been negative Snow Level Water Equivalents

El Nino doesn’t guarantee Snow Pack

California has a long way to go.

California’s current Snow Water Equivalents by Region –

Most of us assume if we have more rain, like that which is expected in the upcoming El Nino event, our drought issues will be resolved. The unfortunate reality of the situation is that warm rains do nothing to increase California’s dreadfully low snowpack, which is the unknown key player in maintaining California’s water supply.

The numbers are nothing short of surprising. A article quantifies some of the impacts on our absurdly low snowpack, which entails that the most recent drought has resulted in 34 billion gallons of water lost when compared to last year’s measurements, and this is for just the Lake Tahoe basin. Based on recent measurements of snowpack levels, there is only enough water to supply California’s needs for another year and a half.

With the pace at which our snowpack is developing (and trust us it is slow), we are going to see a continuous pattern to our drought-related struggles.

Given the tangible urgency, now is the time to further investigate the idea of a Rainwater and / or a Graywater recycling system, which effectively reduces household water usage by up to thirty percent.

A 3,000 square foot surface area will capture 1,869 gallons of rainwater for every inch of rain. Since California’s rain events in populated areas are typically less than an inch per storm, our rainwater capture systems will allow for storage and usage of water in between rainfall.


By: Jay Berstein & Jeff Garrison

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From Drought Shaming to Reclaiming: Celebrities- Make a Statement!

From Drought Shaming to Reclaiming: Celebrities- Make a Statement!

They say the grass is always greener on the other side. In this case, the meaning is literal as celebrity lawns are being criticized for remaining green in the midst of a 100 year drought.

We all know too much about the personal lives of the Kim Kardashians and Kanye Wests of the world. We know everything from their lifestyle choices to food preferences. We also know how their lawn looks.

Luckily, most of us do not have our shortcomings publicized on a “million tweets per mistake” basis. Lately, the most popular way to put ourselves on a moral pedestal above the celebrities has been a newly adopted term called drought shaming.

Essentially, every time a celebrity has been caught with a lush lawn on their estate, society labels them for not caring about California’s drought. For instance, a compiled list of celebrities on this article from CBS effectively shames six celebrities with a few clicks. Also, some folks over at US Magazine spent a whole publication shaming Tyga and Kylie Jenner here. The celebrity shaming has been excessive, to say the least, and it does not have to be this way.

Publicity is a game-changer when it comes to celebrity status. With paparazzi and tabloids constantly exploiting celebrity mistakes for negative press, one’s ecological decision does not have to be, yet, another opportunity to have their character defined adversely.

So, why is Water Recycling Systems talking about this? Because there is a solution that does not require turning your landscape into Death Valley.

Install a Rainwater Capture System.

By installing a rainwater capture system, a 5,000 square foot roof, for example, can capture 3,115 gallons of rainwater that is otherwise headed directly to the Pacific Ocean, for a single inch of rain! Apply that to 15, 20 or 25 inches of rain from an El Nino season….well, you can do the math!


By: Jay Berstein & Jeff Garrison

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“The beloved, bright-green American lawn is closer to becoming a relic in California”

“The beloved, bright-green American lawn is closer to becoming a relic in California”

“State officials, who are already urging people to let their grass yards wither during the drought, passed new rules [July 15] essentially banning them from being planted around new commercial buildings, while limiting grass to about 25 percent of the landscaping at new homes.

The regulations, adopted by the California Water Commission, come at the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown, who in April called for the state’s construction guidelines to better promote water conservation after four historically dry years.

The regulation takes effect Dec. 1.


Keeping one’s lawn green becomes much less of an issue when homes and businesses recycle graywater for irrigation. Water Recycling Systems, LLC has installed over 75 graywater and rainwater systems over the past decade. We have graywater and/or rainwater systems that will fit your needs and help meet drought regulations.

Please give us a call at 844-DROUGHT, or visit our website at

~ Water Recycling Systems, LLC

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DWP shows how much $$ you can you save by recycling graywater

DWP shows how much $$ you can you save by recycling graywater

Nearly every time a residential customer calls, he or she wants to know,

  • “How much graywater does my home produce?”
  • “How much property could my graywater cover?”, and
  • “How much $$ can I save by recycling the graywater in my house?”

Unfortunately, there’s no short answer for any of these important questions because, well, each one depends on your own household’s water habits.

To get a good idea, you can use these very helpful formulas provided by the LA Department of Water & Power (DWP). Here’s a link to the DWP page:

And while we’re at it, here’s a link to a graywater guide put out by the State of California Department of Water Resources: State Guide for Landscape Irrigation

Hope these help!

Water Recycling Systems, LLC

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Is drinking water potable, or potable?

Is drinking water potable, or potable?

Here’s a small detail that comes up all the time in our industry – how to pronounce the “o” in the word “potable”.

Potable water is, of course, water that’s suitable for drinking. We use the word to distinguish from graywater, which is reusable in certain ways (irrigation, toilet flush) but not for drinking, and black water, which is wastewater that must be routed to the sewer.

Water Recycling Systems, LLC creates Graywater Recycling systems that process and reuse graywater (potable water that’s been used in sinks, showers, and laundry) in commercial and residential applications; and Rainwater Capture systems, which do what you’d expect – capture rainwater and store it for use in irrigation, toilet flush, and appropriate uses for graywater.

The answer to the question is, Long “o”, as in Poe-table. Please give us a call when you want to talk about a graywater system for your business or home, to help preserve as much potable water as possible during our drought. 844-DROUGHT, or visit for more information.

~ Buzz Boettcher

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Graywater, a solution to an epic drought: Melbourne Australia

Graywater, a solution to an epic drought: Melbourne Australia

At Water Recycling Systems, we enjoy sharing stories about reusing graywater from around the world.

Here’s a great article from Melbourne, Australia, which survived an epic 13-year drought with massive and focused efforts to capture and use rainwater and graywater at every opportunity.

“A study finds residents of Melbourne cut their water consumption in half by capturing rainwater and storm-water runoff…”

Read more here

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El Nino is coming! El Nino is coming!

El Nino is coming! El Nino is coming!

The California media has been awash (pun intended) in stories about El Nino, the weather pattern that typically results in above average rainfall. To some this is welcome news, as California has been suffering from an historic drought.

The National Weather Service has advised, “Nearly all models predict El Niño to continue into the Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, with many multi-model averages predicting a strong event at its peak strength.” (link) Here’s a good article from with good graphics explaining exactly what causes El Nino.

So, Californians, what can you do to prepare for El Nino?

If you’re a homeowner and want to learn more about capturing rainwater from El Nino (and in the future), please contact us at Water Recycling Systems. Just give us a call at 844-DROUGHT (844- 376-8448) or click this link to send an email inquiry

Homeowners as us all the time, How much water will my property produce? Water Recycling Systems can help you calculate the potential of your property.

As to the question of “Once El Nino starts, will the drought be over?” – we don’t know for sure, but many experts believe the answer is no. “”You creep into a drought slowly, and you creep out of it. There’s no quick fix,” said NASA climatologist Bill Patzert in this article. And, “According to NOAA, it would two feet or more of rainfall over the next six months to alleviate California’s drought conditions.”

Now that’s a lot of rainwater.

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