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 […]

“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 […]

Is drinking water potable, or potable?

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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, […]

Graywater, a solution to an epic drought: Melbourne Australia

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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 […]

El Nino is coming! El Nino is coming!

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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 […]

Somebody’s happy about their new graywater system

At an installation in Chatsworth, California, today, it was fun to see the home team mascots getting cool in the pool. The pool is not directly connected to the graywater and rainwater systems we’re installing, but by reusing graywater (bathroom sinks, bath/shower, and laundry) and utilizing rainwater for approved uses (almost 1,800 gallons anticipated for every inch of rain […]