Containment, Treatment and Distribution
Treat and clean greywater.
Flush toilets with treated greywater, clean and clear.
Improves and adds to conventional systems without replacing.
Liquid Waste Water Planters provide for prolific Food Production.
The liquid waste water treatment system is a containment, treatment and distribution system for liquid waste water. This system is similar to the wetlands concept which has long been used in exterior applications for thousands of years by humans and nature. This system differs from the wetlands approach in that it treats and processes the ‘untreated greywater’ inside the building and the liquid waste water from the toilet outside of the building.
The design and layout of the plumbing system is completely normal and conventional. The system outlined meets all International Building Codes. The system is set up (via valving) creating loops. These loops have the botanical treatment cells within them. These loops can be completely by-passed via valving. This does not replace place conventional plumbing, the system outlined is in addition to convention plumbing.
Greywater is regulated by state and local governments and each of these entities have their own, more specific definition. For example, the state of California, in the Uniform Plumbing code defines gray water as:
Greywater is untreated waste water which has not come into contact with toilet waste. Greywater includes waste water from bathtubs, showers, bathroom wash basins, clothes washing machines, and laundry tubs, or an equivalent discharge as approved by the Administrative Authority. It does not include waste water from kitchen sinks, photo lab sinks, dishwashers, or laundry water from soiled diapers.
Surfacing of greywater means the ponding, running off, or other release of greywater from the land surface.
Greywater is used for irrigation or other uses such as filling toilet bowls. In 1997, in California grey water was approved for use in commercial, industrial, and multi-family projects. Prior to that, it was only available in single family homes. A permit is required to install greywater systems in California, and they must be contained to their own property.
The use of greywater results in lower fresh water use, less strain on failing septic tanks or treatment plants, less energy and chemical use, reclamation of otherwise wasted nutrients. All of these benefits equal a savings in energy and the natural resource that is water.