This article will review the benefits and challenges of implementing water reuse strategies, focused on building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing systems at the new 217,000-sq-ft Milton Union K-12 School. Public policy changes (codes, etc.) needed to be addressed during a project to more readily integrate these strategies into the building design. A summary of the water savings associated with incorporating these strategies is described herein.
K-12 school uses rainwater for toilet flushing & irrigation
Commercial applications for harvested rainwater are no longer a rarity in the U.S., though few uses of this heaven-sent water match the AdvancED facility in Alpharetta, Ga., for sustainability and energy efficiency. The U.S. Green Building Council thought so, too — the new global headquarters facility earned LEED Gold status.
Building leverages rainwater for HVAC energy savings
Competition challenged home brewers to create beer with water drawn from the Tualatin River
Winners of the Pure Water Brew Competition — a challenge to home brewers to create the best-tasting beer with water drawn from the Tualatin River—were announced. The winning beer was a Vox Max Belgian created by Ted Assur.
The competition was a public/private collaboration of the Oregon Brew Crew, Clean Water Services and Carollo Engineers to get people talking about water.
In 2007, Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins organization began constructing Target Field, an approximately 40,000-seat stadium located in the heart of Minneapolis. The organization’s goal was to make it a LEED-certified professional sports venue, which would recognize its sustainable building strategies and practices.
Target Field receives LEED certification with innovative rainwater reuse system
Rain harvesting school campus to transform education through water collection and agriculture
A unique secondary school campus, conceived and designed by the nonprofit design and innovation group PITCHAfrica, opens this month at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The Waterbank Campus comprises four unique, low-cost, rainwater harvesting building types invented by PITCHAfrica, and termed Waterbanks because of the building’s capacity to harvest and store high volumes of water at low cost, providing a year-round supply.
With drinking water becoming scarcer due to drought in highly populated areas and drinking water sources becoming more polluted, both individual homeowners and businesses are becoming aware of the need for drinking water conservation. This brings to mind the old saying, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
Integrating water conservation strategies into water management
Our planet has massive water resources, but easy access to high-quality water is limited. As our global water supply becomes dirtier, the amount of energy required to deliver clean, usable water continues to rise.
Greywater reuse systems help alleviate water scarcity
The abstract submission deadline is Friday, July 18, 2014
The WateReuse Assn. will host the 2015 Industrial and Commercial Water Reuse Conference in Austin, Texas on Feb. 2 to 3, 2015 — and there is still time to submit an abstract to be considered for a place on the podium. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, July 18, 2014.
Manufacturing the machines in North America may give more confidence to consumers
Bravo Enterprises Ltd. reports that its air to water business, Splash Water For Life has started the process of building a prototype of a newly designed atmospheric water generator (AWG) machine in Canada. The new AWG will combine all the finer points in each of the home and office machines currently manufactured and marketed by Splash Water with a few additions.
The "eWater recycler" by Nexus eWater recycles two out of every three gallons of indoor water
KB Home has recently set new standards for water efficiency in California home construction with its "Double ZeroHouse 2.0" in the city of Lancaster.
It is so named because it achieves both net-zero energy status, and uses zero freshwater for irrigation. The house features an eWater recycler capable of treating on site two out of every three gallons of city water used indoors. After it is used indoors, the water is treated and used a second time on the landscape.