Sometimes it feels as if governmental agencies prioritize in ways that are beyond the ordinary person’s understanding. The most recent headscratcher is the release of 850 tons of “filtered” water that was once used to cool nuclear reactors at the Fukushima plant, which, as you know, suffered the worst radioactive accident in the past century in March of 2011. A third-party has claimed that “the radioactive content was below measurable limits”, permitting the plant to release the filtered water directly into the ocean. This raises the question: what measurable limits are we going by? Is “just a little radioactively harmful” permissible by this standard?
The parody we find in this is endless. What a brave new world we live in. We can release 850 tons of potentially radioactive water into the ocean, but at the same time, there are strenuous regulations (and a lack of incentives) for those wanting to implement rainwater capture systems and/or graywater recycling systems.
By: Jay Berstein
Rainwater reclamation and reuse systems are known for conserving water on a massive scale, a notable achievement in and of itself. But, in some cases, it can save a person’s livelihood while making the job of firefighters more practical and cost effective.
A recent publication suggests that the widespread use of rainwater capture systems can drastically cut-back the financial burden that arises when our firefighters are put to work.
Think about it. There is a raging wildfire. There is no body of water nearby. Obviously, the helicopters still need water to contain the fire. How do we get it? To say the least, it’s an arduous process that is not only financially straining, but physically taxing. Firefighters are forced to collaborate with water trucks. The trucks are driven to a safe location to fill their tanks, the helicopters picks the tanks up, and the cycle repeats itself. The process is far from practical.
This is where rainwater capture systems come in. Based on a implementation of tanks in Chile (for this very purpose), studies suggest that this technology has shown to be “an exceptional opportunity for minimizing firefighting costs”. Why not make use of the rainwater we have in California too?
Perhaps isolated farm regions surrounded by substantial forestry should be subject to policies that encourage the most effective measure to ensure their livelihoods, homes and in extreme cases, their lives.
By: Jay Berstein
The latest publications are suggesting that this year’s El Nino will be comparable to Godzilla. That being the case, we can’t help but ask: what role can our rainwater capture systems play?
The answer is this: a huge one!
This year’s El Nino, according to NASA climatologists, has the potential to be unprecedented in severity. If you think it’s a gimmick, the Australia Bureau of Meteorology says the odds of this monstrosity are at 70%. So, again, what does this imply?
With our rainwater capturing systems, we directly stream water drainage from your roof into a tank (or multiple tanks) ranging from a one thousand to thirty thousand gallon holding capacity. Consider this: every inch of rainfall on your roof accounts for about 1,869 gallons of water. With proper drainage, our systems can capture every last gallon. The rainwater is then filtered, circulated, and recycled into your irrigation systems and toilets. It is practicality and ecological mindfulness all in one.
We know droughts are commonplace in California. Why not reconsider how to make use of the rainwater we actually get? With the upcoming El Nino’s incomparable downpour, it’s a worthy consideration.
By: Jay Berstein & Jeff Garrison
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 – http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowapp/sweq.action
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 weather.com 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
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
Although California urban water suppliers have managed to use 29% less water in May, and up to an inch of rain fell across southern California during an unusual summer storm last weekend, the years-long drought condition still persists. Some are calling it a 1,000-year drought, and experts agree it will take years of above average rainfall to get the state’s water levels back to normal.
It’s a great time to think about install a system that recycles graywater or captures rainwater, helping you save money and reduce demand on water supplies. Request a Quote today!
The major news that smart property owners are talking about is the looming required cuts in water use. A simple overview of the results of Executive Order B-29-15 is that urban areas with higher water use per capita will be required to save more water than those who are currently using less. In areas where water use is low, required savings are only 4%. The requirements go to as high as 36% in some parts of the state.
Here’s are some of the required cuts anticipated by local Southern California communities:
- Arcadia: 36 percent
- Chino Hills: 28 percent
- South Pasadena: 28 percent
- Villa Park: 36 percent
- Beverly Hills: 36 percent
- La Canada/Flintridge: 36 percent
We at Water Recycling Systems, LLC will keep working to inform you about the mandates.
By now the whole world knows it rained in Southern California this weekend. In many parts of the state, it’s difficult to remember the last time it really rained. Such is the nature of our historic drought.
On Saturday, about 1” of rain fell on parts of San Diego. Doesn’t seem like much?
Water Recycling Systems’ customers with rainwater capture systems know that when 1” of rain falls, for every 1,000 square feet of roof/catchment area, they have renewed their tanks with about 623 gallons of water that can be used for irrigation and flushing toilets.
And since we know that the average person uses about 19 gallons of water to flush toilets per day, we know that this rainstorm provided a water-savvy family of four about 8 days of rainwater for their toilets.
Not bad for a rainy day!
With a reported El Nino season on the way, let Water Recycling Systems, LLC give you a quote for a rainwater capture system. Here’s the link to our website, www.reusegraywater.com.
~ Buzz Boettcher
The City of Santa Monica is the Poster-Child for environmental awareness.
Sustainability, conservation of natural resources and a strong environmental conscience were high on their agenda long before they were popular and politically correct civic attributes.
Over a year before California Governor Brown declared a “Drought State of Emergency”, supported by President Obama, Santa Monica was taking aggressive action to conserve our most precious natural resource. Simply put, The City of Santa Monica ‘get’s it’.
So it’s no surprise Water Recycling Systems, LLC was chosen to build and install the Rainwater Capture and Reuse System for their new Pico Boulevard Public Library.
They could have selected anyone…they chose us.
The overall system was conceived and designed by Kevin Poffenbarger, Principal PE at EPD Consultants, one of the leading water reuse Engineering Companies in the world. Working with Kevin’s designs, we built and installed a system that automatically filters, disinfects, stores and delivers safe, reliable recycled rainwater to flush all toilets and urinals throughout the facility.
Equally notable is the fact that despite being under extreme regulatory and code compliance scrutiny by nine City, County and State agencies, the system passed inspection with absolutely no correction needed.
We are the leading environmental resource company in the world specializing in providing innovative and practical water conversational systems.
Follow the installation on our website, www.reusegraywater.com in the Photo Gallery Section, on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And feel free to contact us for all your water reuse questions and needs.
When Tom Brady and Gisele Bunchen were planning their new home they wanted it to have an aggressive “environmental conscience”. To utilize and take full advantage of the latest, most advanced conservation and reuse technology.
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