Bry Sarte weighs in on the tricky business of on-site water treatment and reuse!
January 26th, 2015 by Sherwood
The Tricky Business of On-Site Water Treatment and Reuse
It’s time to rethink old assumptions about what can and can’t be done
By Vicki Elmer and Paula Kehoe
As published in the December 2014 Issue of the Planning Magazine
The 3Rs for solid waste — reduce, reuse, recycle — have been around since the 1970s, but the next big R is for water. Reuse of the wet stuff is on the rise.
On-site water treatment and reuse is turning up in commercial and residential buildings from Seattle to San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Portland.
Large water and wastewater utilities pioneered wastewater recycling — using it for irrigation in dry states. Today, local developers in both wet and dry states are getting in on the game with the goal of “net zero” or “net positive” water for individual building projects. Some of these projects also recover energy from wastewater and solid waste with integrated water-energy-waste systems.