Innovative commercial greywater systems

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Greywater, Permaculture Advice |

Business, institutions, and apartments where there are many people also use lots of water. A lot of greywater is generated and can be used in several outdoor irrigation activities. The use of greywater from these institutions requires a complex system before the water can be reused. Typically, these systems are made of large temporary tanks, filter system and water disinfection system. The water can then be used to supply water for drip irrigation or to flush the toilets.

131In many organizations, it makes more sense for the organization to treat both the greywater and the blackwater together rather than separating the water. In many buildings, the water systems are combined with the same drainage system. All the water can be treated on site and reused in the toilets or the cooling systems. There is a system called the membrane bioreactor that enables organizations to collect and treat, and then reuse the treated water. The system reduces the need for fresh water by a half and decreases the energy costs by a similar margin.

Other commercial entities use the living systems to treat the waste water. All the water that is generated in buildings that use the machines is recycled after treatment. Most buildings can save sixty percent of the water they get from the city authorities.


Industrial organizations can invest in small water treatment plants and incorporate the wetlands or greenhouse projects to reuse the water. The water can also be used in reactors of some of their cooling plants. The water is also good for use in non-portable needs.

An ideal commercial water treatment plant should enable the organization to maximize the use of the wastewater for all essential activities safely. The system should be able to disinfect the water to a high percentage eliminating any possible infections to people that come into contact with the water.

A good filtering system also works on the watercolor to ensure that the water looks good. The maintenance and the running costs of the treatment plant should not be very high that it undermines any savings made on the water costs.

If may organizations invested in the water recycle technologies; they will lower the pressure on the available freshwater sources, and there will be enough water for other needs in the community. The management of such firms can learn from the Open permaculture school and regenerative leadership institute, founded by Vladislav Davidzon on various proven methods of recycling wastewater conserving and protecting the available water resources.

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Greywater Vs. Rainwater

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Greywater, Permaculture Advice |


Greywater and rainwater are two terms that are often heard amongst the eco-conscious in regard to DIY water conservation and use. Collecting rainwater and sing greywater are some of the simplest ways to make use of every last drop of water. It’s however important to understand that both greywater and rainwater are very different and so are their applications.


What’s the difference?

Greywater is water that is discharged from showers, bathroom sinks, tubs and washing machines. As long as homeowners use greywater safe products, greywater is safe for irrigation use. The reason why water discharged from toilets and kitchen sinks is not mentioned is because it is black water due to the immense bacterial load. On the other hand, rainwater is naturally pure and is free of minerals, chemicals and salts. And while rainwater accumulates organic matter from roofs, it is great for irrigation of plants.

Irrigation with greywater vs. rainwater

Due to natural clean nature of rainwater, it can be stored for as long as a homeowner desires before using it for irrigation. The water is highly filtered on the way to barrels, cisterns, and tanks to ensure that anything that cause clogs or growth is removed. Rainwater is used by most people to water potted plants that are extremely sensitive to chemical and salt buildup. On the other hand, greywater works best when released directly to the landscape, about two inches below the surface. There are greywater systems that are purposely designed to control the rate of distribution and automatic pumps that ensure water is recycled regularly to prevent it from turning into black water.



While most people prefer to collect greywater from shower drains and sink drains, it’s important to understand that greywater systems require permits and professionals to install.

Incorporating greywater in a garden

If you are thinking of incorporating greywater in your garden, congratulations. Greywater is suited to a wide variety of plants and can be used to increase water supply that the plants in your garden direly need. There are several ways of incorporating greywater in your garden like directing it to a greywater system that vents it and discharges it in your garden soil.

Both greywater and rainwater are very useful when it comes to irrigation and other uses that require increased water supply. You shouldn’t however combine them unless with the help of a professional. To learn more about greywater and its uses, enter regenerative leadership institute.

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