Five Home Water Systems to Explore
There are a variety of home water systems that save you money. Many rely on an initial supply of water from a municipal water system. These alternative home water systems rely on various methods to reclaim or recycle the water. Examples of these systems include: gray water, black water, rainwater harvesting, storm water and ground water.
Gray water includes water from sinks, showers, baths, clothes washing machines and dishwashers. It often contains hair, cleaning products and dirt to name a few. However, it can be used to irrigate your lawn and be used as a fertilizer for plants. The easiest way to use gray water is to have a pipe going outside. Gray Water Action explains how to direct the water outdoors.
Black water contains these gray water sources as well as water from toilets, dishwashers, kitchen sinks and utility sinks. So, in most cases, this recycled water is not used as a drinking water source. These systems usually require installation at the time the structure is built with piping and storage tanks. These are built into the concrete slabs, flooring, basements or even underground areas around the home. There is an extensive array of pipes leading from initial use to a processing area and then a resupplying system to other uses within the home. However, these are often pretty expensive to install.
Rain Water Harvesting
Rain water harvesting is a practice that has been around for centuries. Cisterns and other rain harvesting systems are widely used in Europe, Australia, India, the Bahamas and countless remote countries. In the US, these are most often used to store water to irrigate lawns and flower beds. An example is the use of rain barrels fed by downspouts from house gutters. These barrels have a spigot that a hose can be attached to in order to water a flower bed. These approaches can be expanded to become a drinking water system for home use by connecting them to a water purification system. However, in most areas around the world, there is not a consistent quantity of precipitation to make this a viable option for potable water.
Storm Water Harvesting
Storm water harvesting, is the collection, accumulation, treatment or purification, and storing of storm water for its eventual reuse. It differs from rain water harvesting as the runoff is collected from drains or creeks, rather than roofs. The problem with storm water is that it does get polluted from the ground. Most only use storm water harvesting for gardens & plants or where water is extremely scarce.
Finally, one of the best and newest alternative sources of water supply for home drinking water systems uses a home’s foundation drainage system as a home water supply system. It is called the Woda-Sci Green Tech Sump Controller. While not every building owner can use this approach, the lucky owners that have basements and are located in high water tables can save potentially a thousand or more dollars each every year. Instead of pumping the water away, building owners can use it for their lawn sprinkler systems or even as a drinking water system for home use when connected to a water purification system.
The Woda-Sci Green Tech Sump Controller can be installed at any time and usually has a payback period of around two years. It can be connected to an automatic lawn sprinkler system and/or a water purification system. With transparent ease it can allow a building owner to become virtually “off the grid” for water use. The return on investment can reach 50% a year and has the potential to increase the resale value of your home as well. Click here to learn more.
In conclusion, there are many ways that we can recycle our water. Not only does recycling water save us money but helps preserve and conserve the planet’s water supply. We hope that you found the information helpful and are able to implement some of the home water systems.