Exploring Key Differences of Commercial Water Recycling Systems in Rural and Urban Projects


Published: July, 2023 | by Wahaso Commercial Water Recycling Systems

Commercial water recycling systems play a vital role in conserving potable water…

and their scope and operation differ for rural and urban projects, as outlined below.

Rural Projects

Water Availability and Quality: In less densely populated project locations, the availability and quality of water sources are critical, and a comprehensive assessment of the local water supply, which may encompass wells, rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers, must be considered. This helps determine the feasibility of recycling and reusing the available water with the aid of water tests to ensure the suitability of recycled water for intended applications.

Treatment Infrastructure: Rural areas often contend with limited or inadequate water infrastructure, so the installation of a water recycling system necessitates careful consideration of treatment infrastructure requirements. Depending on factors including site and building type, project scale, budget, and categories and quality of source water, a project MEP and Civil Engineer will often collaborate with a manufacturer to determine the most appropriate storage, pressurization, filtration, sterilization, and water conveyance method to employ during system design.

Irrigation and Other Water Demands: Projects in less densely populated locations often require irrigation of landscape, and the irrigation method (spray, drip, sub surface), water distribution network (Civil infrastructure, sewer system, etc), and plant seasonality, all play a role in dictating the system design approach, component and treatment types, sizing, etc. This also holds true for projects featuring cooling tower makeup, manufacturing process water, flush fixture water, vehicle fleet wash, laundry water, and others.

Urban Projects

Water Demand and Consumption: Urban locations often face elevated water demand due to much higher population density, as well as impact of major commercial and industrial activities, and related water recycling systems must be designed accordingly. Factors such as number of occupants or employees, type of water-intensive processes, and water supply and demand volume determine the system capacity and scale.

Building Codes and Regulations: As with more rural projects, those in urban settings are also subject to a variety of building codes and regulations that impact the implementation of water recycling systems. Adherence to local regulations concerning water reuse and discharge, plumbing codes, and health and safety standards is of utmost importance. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of these requirements during the initial planning phase ensures a seamless implementation process.

Integration with Existing Infrastructure: Urban projects must often consider existing water supply, conveyance, and sewer systems. Integrating a water recycling system with such infrastructure presents many unavoidable challenges but is crucial for optimal long-term performance. Project site characteristics, adjoining sites, Municipal water supply system, and water treatment facilities must be carefully factored in during the design and implementation phases.

Public Perception and Education: Public perception may be even more critical in such projects due to heightened exposure, and it’s important to educate communities about the merits of water recycling, address any concerns pertaining to water quality and safety, and foster public involvement. This only aids in garnering acceptance and support for a project’s water recycling goals.

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