Water Recycling Systems
If you are a homeowner looking to reduce your household water consumption, a water recycling system, also known as a greywater recycling or reuse system, may be a great place to start.
By reusing waste water from bathroom sinks, showers and tubs along with waste water from your clothes washing machine, a family of four can save up to 4,000 gallons of water a month, depending on usage. Not only does this translate to conserving fresh water, it also can save a substantial amount of money.
It’s important to note that before you jump right into planning and installing Water Recycling Systems you need to understand the state and local laws and restrictions for greywater reuse. Grewyater Action, a collaborative of educators who teach residents about residential water recycling systems has up-to-date information about greywater codes and policy. Click here to read more.
Grey water recycling systems vary in size and complexity from simple drip irrigation and “laundry to landscape” systems to solutions using pumps, filtration devices and storage tanks.
There are on-line instructions and kits for “do-it-yourselfers” as well as any number of regional and national companies that provide the components and in most cases installation of water recycling systems.
And, as you might imagine, forward-thinking plumbers are becoming excellent resources for information about and installation of water recycling systems.
Regardless of which system you choose or how you get that system installed, the diverter valve you install with your system is worth serious consideration.
Why key in on the diverter? The answer is simple: convenience.
Not all waste water is suitable for greywater reuse and the diverter is how clean greywater gets to water recycling systems and how dirty greywater gets to sewer systems.
So you might be wondering what might make greywater dirty. A prime example from the shower is hair color and a prime example from the laundry room is bleach. Neither haircolor nor bleach have any business being in greywater recycling systems, but both are commonly used in homes.
Which gets us back to the importance of the greywater diverter. In most greywater recycling systems the diverter valve is not easily accessible because it is typically attached to the drain pipes from sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines and needs to be manually adjusted to change the flow of greywater to and from the sewer system.
Because of this, most diverters are always “on” or always off because it’s simply too inconvenient to change the flow. This means that either no greywater is diverted for reuse or all water – clean and dirty greywaer – is diverted, neither of which makes sense, especially after you’ve invested in a greywater recycling system.
Enter the GreenSmart Greywater Diverter: the first and only remote controlled greywater diverter to be listed and code approved by the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), and the only diverter that is legal and approved for residential use by every building and safety department in every city in the US.
With a simple push of a button on a remote control located near the shower, bath, and/or clothes washing machine, users can divert drainage to the garden for reuse through a water recycling system. Another touch of the button diverts drainage to the sewer when hair color, bleach, or other chemicals make the water unsuitable for reuse.
This ability to divert waste water “on the fly” is truly a game changer because it makes reusing – and thus conserving – water convenient and therefore practical for every home.
Home owners applaud the Greensmart Greywater Diverter and so do local and state governments, water districts, departments of water and power, developers, architechts, and landscape designers. When building codes require new homes to be fitted with water recycling systems, you can bet that the Greensmart Greywater Diverter will be the diverter valve of choice.