CONSULTING ON SUSTAINABLE WATER PRACTICES FROM WATER HARVESTING SOLUTIONS
Every building project is unique – with its own set of needs, issues and opportunities. No one approach to water conservation is best, and we believe that multiple approaches can – and should – be considered for each project. In fact, we find that the most effective systems harvest multiple water sources for multiple non-potable applications. That requires a thoughtful consulting stage for each project that evaluates all considerations and options for each project. This step may include the building owners, investors, architects, engineers or contractors.
For any new project, we begin this process with our Scoping phase.
First, we’ll want to understand the type of building being planned, how it will be used, the number of people who will be using the building, and the size layout location of the property. We want to discuss all the possible sources of on-site water as well as the potential applications of that non-potable water. We run those supply and demand numbers through our proprietary models to determine the total potential savings of water. Storage of harvested water can often be the most expensive component in a system, so we model potential cistern sizes using six years of daily rainfall data to determine the most efficient cistern size.
We can then help identify the best solution or set of solutions that will meet the requirements of the owners. We may recommend passive systems, active systems or a combination of both. At this point we can make general recommendations about the system approach, storage requirements and estimated system cost. If the general approach is acceptable to the building owners, our engineers will develop the detailed system design and specifications.
Our team provides consulting and design services for water harvesting exclusive of any obligation for system fabrication. We will also provide a firm bid for the fabrication, delivery, installation and shakedown of the specified system; our bids generally include a substantial rebate for the consulting and engineering phase. If desired, the drawings and specifications facilitate the bidding process with competitive system suppliers.
Depending on the nature of the project, our Consulting – or “Scoping” phase may be available without charge. It is our opportunity to get to know the client and to establish ourselves as the experts you will want to work with throughout the process from Scoping to Fabrication to the Commissioning of the system.
If your community — or a client — is considering water harvesting as one of several green components of a new building – perhaps as part of an effort to achieve LEED certification — the Wahaso team is available to present an overview of water harvesting options and answer questions early in the process.