Practiced for thousands of years across almost all cultures, the process of capturing and reusing rainwater and greywater (from showers and sinks) for non-potable use is fast becoming an important cornerstone for new sustainable practices in the U.S.
Why is Water Reuse Important?
As fresh, potable water becomes increasingly scarce in the U.S., the practice of using it to flush toilets and water landscaping seems almost ridiculous. New and ancient methods are now readily available for commercial and institutional buildings.
The benefits of harvesting go far beyond fulfilling the desire to be “green.” Capturing and utilizing rainwater and greywater can have lasting economic benefits for building owners.
Benefits of On-Site Harvesting Systems:
- By reusing captured water to flush toilets, water landscaping or support other water-intensive operations, municipal water charges can be significantly reduced.
- Wastewater treatment fees and environmental impact fees can also be reduced.
- Many communities now offer incentives to reduce stormwater runoff or to install reuse systems.
- For building owners wishing to achieve LEED certification and receive praise in their communities, these efforts are a key component of broader sustainability practices.
- Sustainability practices are good for business. Employees, customers and communities support businesses that care about the environment and the sustainability of our natural resources.
This site can help you understand the different sources of harvestable water available to you, active and passive methods for capturing and processing the water, and different approaches for utilizing harvested waters. There is also information on evaluating the many options for selecting a system and many of the frequently asked questions about water harvesting.