Did you know a single occupant home with an old toilet will use an estimated 27,000 liters of water per year?
Grey water, is a great way to collect and reuse water from places like the sink and shower, to flush your toilets and irrigate your landscape. The benefits are many, including saving money on your utilities and reducing the total water your household requires. Of course, with the benefits also come risk, like bacteria trapped in the recycled water. Fortunately, mitigating these risks is simple, and with a wide range of water recycling professionals available to install and service grey water systems they are relatively painless to own and maintain.
While less common in the US, grey water systems are standard practice in many of the developed countries around the globe. For example, Australia which invented the two button toilet system uses many technologies to reduce their water footprint. While grey water is not potable, it is suitable for providing many other functions, such as watering agriculture once it has gone through a basic filtration unit.
Israel, a land torn by extreme temperatures and increasing desertification, they have been forced to adopt many methods of water preservation. Already the world’s leader in water recycling technologies, the delicate middle eastern country continues to push the envelope even as the drought has abated for the first time in eight years. These climate change related problems continue to motivate Greater Jerusalem for even more impressive improvements, even if they already reuse 80% of their waste water.
No matter where you live, water scarcity is likely to have a huge impact on your countries well-being, as well as your pocketbooks in the coming decades. Fortunately for us, simple solutions like grey water toilets exist to help us address one piece of this future epidemic, easily and affordably.