Plumbing may not be the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of modifying a home, or business, to be environmentally friendly. However, at its core plumbing deals with water, which is a resource in very finite supply. In order to ensure a clean water supply into the future, structures designed to best utilise and treat water must be a top priority for all. Although environmentally friendly plumbing systems may not be as clearly visible as solar panels on the roof, they are just as important.
Below, the benefits of a water recycling system in your home or business are explained, in order to help you make the best possible decision.
Why Spend Extra To ‘Go Green’?
Whenever there is money being spent, there is invariably a need to justify the expenditure. The great thing about environmentally friendly plumbing solutions is not only do they help save water, they also help you save money! Even for those who put environmental considerations in second place, water saving and treatment solutions can be justified on the basis of saving money.
Grey Water Recycling
Especially for those living or conducting business in remote areas, treating waste water should be a prime consideration. The amount of water discarded as waste every day can be staggering and water sure isn’t free! Furthermore, in the central regions of Australia it is a scarce resource that needs careful management.
Once you have treated your waste water, it would be silly not to use it again and that is what grey water recycling is all about. Grey water, whilst not treated to a level where it can be used for drinking or bathing again, is still suitable for a number of uses.
Grey water is most commonly used for watering lawns and gardens. You may not realise it, but most golf courses use grey water to keep their grass lush and green year round. With grey water recycling systems that can now be scaled to suit residential properties, all the way up to large enterprises, there is sure to be something that will suit your specific needs.
The second use for grey water is actually inside homes or businesses. Every day, water is used to flush toilets, or in an industrial setting to cool machinery. It is not necessary to use water treated to drinking quality for these tasks, making grey water the perfect solution.
Grey water systems take a bit of effort to fit, as it can involve quite a bit of additional plumbing. However, the ability to reuse water will not only save you money in the long run, it will also make your home or business more environmentally friendly.
Rain Water Tanks
Rainwater tanks used to be a common fixture on building all over the country, yet were largely removed in the 80′s and 90′s due to erroneous government regulation. These government barriers to water tanks have now been removed and there is a resurgence in fitting rainwater tanks to buildings of all kinds. Rainwater tanks allow you to collect your own water, saving you money!
For more information or to see how suitable water recycling options are for your home or business, you should contact your local plumbing contractor.