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Eataly + WRS = Water Conservation

Eataly + WRS = Water Conservation

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.


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We are now NSF 350 CERTIFIED!

We are now NSF 350 CERTIFIED!

Happy 2017 Everyone!  Cries of, New Year – New Me, are ringing out across the world and we at Water Recycling Systems (WRS) have decided to join in on the fun! WRS is proud to announce that we now offer an NSF 350 certified Graywater System, the “Aqualoop Graywater System” by Ecovie!

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!  New Year – New Me indeed!



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L.A.’S New LID Stormwater Regulations And The Broadway Job

L.A.’S New LID Stormwater Regulations And The Broadway Job

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 – .  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.

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When Water Supplies Plummet, So Do Property Values

When Water Supplies Plummet, So Do Property Values

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

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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


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