Stormwater and Graywater Uses

Stormwater occurs as a result of heavy rainfall or snowfall and can act as surface run-off into nearby lakes, rivers or soak into the soil. Stormwater run-off is capable of polluting nearby rivers and lakes based on the contaminants it picks along the way. Some of these pollutants include fertilizers, pesticides, oil, and soap which have the capabilities of causing events like eutrophication, depleting oxygen in water bodies and causing fish to die. 

 

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Before and After of Eutrophication Effects

Lately, stormwater capture is becoming a common occurrence to reuse water. Methods that collect, measure, treat, control, and deliver the stormwater are being implemented in both industries and homes. The United States LEED certification requires buildings to reduce water usage by 20% so these stormwater capture systems are increasing rapidly as more businesses apply to be LEED certified. A significant portion of stormwater tends to be used for irrigation purposes.

Graywater is untreated wastewater from the home, specifically those coming from bathroom sinks, washers, tubs, showers, and laundry sinks. Now, more people are using graywater for toilets, irrigation, and laundry uses. It has proven to be a cost-effective and efficient way to re-use water in both industries and homes.

There are guidelines to consider when recycling graywater such as:

  1. Do not store graywater for more than 24 hours (bad odours)
  2. Do not have direct contact with graywater
  3. Have a simple system to reduce maintenance costs and time

Toilets are one of the culprits in water usage in our homes. Using graywater through a collection system such as collecting used shower water to flush toilets would not only save utility costs but also be beneficial to the environment. Irrigation is also a culprit - in this case, graywater can be sent through underground pipes to irrigate flora and vegetation. 

It is important for all of us to keep an eye on how much water we use and to make sure we don't waste or use more than we need. Ambience Data's vision for the future is for good, clean water quality, abundancy, and sustainability. Currently, we monitor for parameters in water quality to ensure we can make this happen.

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