With water use having increased 6 fold in the 20th century it shouldn't surprise us that many regions of the globe including many parts of North America are experiencing water shortages.
At the same time, most of us are faced with higher monthly water bills. Water bills are expected to continue to increase as a result of increasing energy prices that require municipalities to pay more for the electricity used for pumping and treating water and as municipalities begin to repair an aging water infrastructure. Now more than ever, it is time to be more water efficient.
The water that flows down our showers, bathtubs and washing machines is called grey water and has, until recently, been destined for the sewer. About 65% of indoor home water use occurs in our bathrooms. Toilets are the single greatest water user.
More than 50% of our water is being used to shower, bathe and do the laundry. And over 30% is being used to ... flush our toilets.
Why are we flushing perfectly good drinkable water down the drain?
With a Greywater Recycling Systems from Greyter Systems, we don't have to!
In 2012, Greyter purchased Brac Systems' grey water recycling innovation and has developed self-contained, low maintenance systems that captures and recycles greywater from bathtubs and showers and reuses it for toilet flushing. Using a properly sized Greyter System, we can now save approximately one third of our water consumption. It's that simple!
In North America and in Europe, the average individual uses between 200 liters (44 gallons ) and 600 liters (132 gallons) of water per day, compared to the 20 liters (4.5 gallons) deemed to be the minimum daily requirement for drinking, washing, cooking and sanitation. Such unsustainable consumption levels have led to localized areas of water scarcity and significantly altered freshwater ecosystems. In the US, over 30 states are expected to face significant water shortages within the next five years. Canada’s per capita water consumption is 65% above the world average. At this rate, water supplies (mainly ground-level sources) will not be able to support Canada's growing needs and expanding population.
Grey water recycling helps reduce the burden on local freshwater supply and the strain on wastewater systems. It’s a smart, simple step in the right direction, one that begs the question: why haven’t we thought of this sooner?
'Water not only sustains life. It quenches a lifestyle thirst. And when its use is abused, it can vanish. And with it, the life around it evaporates. ' Quoted from Water Use It Wisely.
By the year 2050, some 4 billion people (that's over half of the entire world's population) will be facing severe water shortages. North American's are not immune. In particular, Americans living in Southwestern states like Arizona and Colorado could be facing severe freshwater shortages even sooner -- by 2025.
In North America and in Europe, the average individual uses between 200 liters (44 gallons ) and 600 liters (132 gallons) of water per day, compared to the 20 liters (4.5 gallons) deemed to be the minimum daily requirement for drinking, washing, cooking and sanitation. Such unsustainable consumption levels have led to localized areas of water scarcity and significantly altered freshwater ecosystems.
The massive Colorado River in the United States, which feeds the otherwise desert-like cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas as well as millions of agricultural fields, now runs dry before reaching the ocean. To make matters worse, the Rocky Mountain West is the fastest-growing region in the country with six of the 10 fastest growing states and many of the fastest growing U.S. cities located within the basin (according to 2007 U.S. Census Bureau data). The Colorado River itself is already the primary water supply for 27 million people in seven U.S. states, plus two states in Mexico and dozens of Native American tribes. As a consequence, the Colorado River Delta, which once supported plentiful plant and animal life, is now significantly diminished.
Right behind the US, Canada rates as the second biggest water consumer with its per capita water consumption 65% above the world average. On average, each Canadian uses 1600 cubic meters of water per year. This is 6400 tons of water for a family of four. This is more than twice as much water as the average person from France, three times as much as the average German, almost four times as much as the average Swede and more than eight times as much as the average Dane. At this rate, water supplies (mainly ground-level sources) will not be able to support North America's growing needs and expanding population.
What about our Great lakes? These important sources of water support over 33 million people living around them. But only 1% of the total volume of the Great Lakes is replenished annually by rain and snow melt. 60% of the renewable water resources flow North toward the Arctic.
As a result, North Americans are beginning to adopt an environmental approach to water. This in not only a good thing, it is necessary if we want our children to have access to water when they grow up. You may have noticed recently that more and more municipalities have started taxing water consumption; this is a direct consequence.
And it’s only just begun. Important behavioral changes will be asked of us where we assign a greater value to water, our most precious natural resource.
Greyter System's mission is to be a the global leader in the manufacturing of residential and commercial water conservation solutions designed to ensure trouble free operation and that are cost effective and easy to install.
In 2012, Greyter Systems acquired Brac System's greywater technology. In 2007, Brac Systems was named one of the Top Green Building Products by Sustainable Industries. Other awards include Most Innovative New Product at the 2008 Ciphex West Show and New Product Award Winner at Mechanex Climatex 2007.
Greyter - RWH-4200 - Rainwater Harvesting System
Rainwater harvesting is not new. It has been used around the world for thousands of years. Today, we hear the term more and more, but not in terms of providing potable water for drinking, but as a way to provide an irrigation source for landscaping. Did you know that a roof area of only 2,000 square feet can provide approximately 1200 gallons of water during a one-inch rainfall.
Greyter - Greywater Recycling System
The Greyter Greywater Recycling System was developed because home owners all over the world are experiencing water shortages, and the problem is only growing. During hot summers, people using wells can run out of water. What can we do? There is only so much water available, but we still need drinking water, water for the shower, the washroom, the laundry etc…
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