What is Onsite Water Reuse?
Onsite water reuse systems collect, treat and reuse a building’s wastewater locally instead of sending used water to a centralized municipal system for treatment. Wastewater (also known as greywater or blackwater depending on its source) is the term for used water that is sent down drains when we run our taps, flush our toilets, or wash our clothes. Rainwater or stormwater are also a forms of wastewater that can be collected and treated for reuse in our systems. Learn more about the different types of wastewater.
The collected wastewater is stored onsite then filtered and cleaned using a multi-step treatment process that include membrane filtration, UV treatment and chlorine disinfection to remove impurities and contaminants. Once treated, recycled water, or reclaimed water, can be reused in the property for a variety of non-potable (non-drinking) purposes, like in irrigation, toilet and urinal flushing, clothes washing, ornamental water features like fountains, and in cooling tower HVAC systems.
Onsite water reuse systems create a decentralized, circular approach where a building or community can become self-sufficient in its water use and management. This helps real estate owners reduce operational costs while saving water and creating a more sustainable and resilient building. Read more about onsite water reuse and see if it’s a fit for your next project.