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Recycling Gray Water is Fun, Easy, and Safe!

Before, it was, “…paper or plastic?”

Now, you bring your own bag.

Before, you owned a gas guzzler.

Now it’s a Fiat 500 or Mini Cooper.

Before, you’d use 20,000 gallons to irrigate and flush.

 Now, you can reuse your shower and laundry water.

Recycling gray water is fun, it’s easy and it’s safe!

Save money and conserve our most precious natural resource by reusing your gray water.

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“Green” Division at Colliers International

Here’s an interesting Blog entry from the “green” division at Colliers International, the highly respected global real estate services organization:

 

“I am at Greenbuild in Chicago and should have more case studies to point to the economic benefits of green and building efficiencies.  There is an economic payback and value proposition to green but the bottom line is that we all need to shift our mindset first on the way we own, operate invest and live in these buildings.

The old way of doing things is no longer cost effective and this will be evident as energy costs and water costs continue to rise to levels where we are forced to look for alternatives.  The opportunity cost is also too high for us not to look for alternatives.  We need to invest and advance instead of focusing on business as usual.

The near sighted view of investment in green solutions in real estate and energy should no longer be valid.  We have to take a long term approach to this or it will cost us and future generations more in the end.”

 

—  Colliers International

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A New Shade of Gray: Paul Mitchell School Starts Recycling Gray Water

DECEMBER 3, 2010 | 11:23 AM

HairwashingThey cut and color, wash and rinse — and send hundreds of gallons of soapy water down the drain each day. Now the  270 students at the new Paul Mitchell the School in Costa Mesa send the wastewater generated from their classwork to a filtration system that purifies 500 gallons of spent water daily and reuses it to flush the school’s toilets.

“We have all sorts of green initiatives in place, but this is the biggest and coolest thing we’re doing,” said Cynthia Butler, director of the 14,700-square-foot campus that opened last month in the SoCo Shopping Center.

In addition to repurposing the wastewater from its wash sinks and laundry room with a gray water recycling system, Butler said the new school runs a recycling program that benefits a reforestry campaign and also uses less energy-intensive LED lighting to reduce CO2 emissions.

Designed by Gray Water Recycling Systems in Redondo Beach, the school’s gray water system is the first to be used at a Paul Mitchell school. It is designed to divert 400,000 gallons of wastewater each year from the sewer, and, as a result, to reduce the need to import fresh water for toilet flushing.

Once the city of Costa Mesa approves the quality of its treated gray water, the school hopes to use its excess gray water to irrigate the shopping center grounds.

According to Buzz Boettcher, who designed the gray water system, the wastewater from the school’s wash sinks and laundry room is filtered with silica, anthracite coal and activated carbon. It is then disinfected with UV light and a copper ionization process that kills algae and bacteria without the use of chemicals. The hair products used at the school, Butler says, are all biodegradable.

— Susan Carpenter

Photo: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

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