Net positive water status in buildings becoming a reality

Sydney, Australia's Barangaroo South - a net positive water project, photo by Lend Lease

Sydney, Australia’s Barangaroo South – a net positive water project

Water is a hot topic. With water tables dropping around the world, lakes and rivers are drying up. Annual rainfalls are changing, often dramatically. As temperatures around the globe heat up, drought is becoming the new normal. So builders and architects are turning their creative minds to innovation to recycle and reclaim water in order to turn once waterhog-ish buildings into net positive ones.

A recent article highlights a new urban renewal project in Sydney, Australia, that focuses on just this.

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Groundbreaking Technology Recycles Both Home Water and Energy Waste

The Nexus eWater Recycler captures most home wastewater and reuses it. Image courtesy of GranitArchitects

The Nexus eWater Recycler captures most home wastewater and reuses it. Image courtesy of GranitArchitects

The average family of four uses 400 gallons of water daily, approximately 70 percent of which is used indoors. About 95 percent of that clean, drinkable water goes down the drain. Over a quarter of it flushes toilets. Approximately 70 percent of home wastewater comes from washing machines, toilets and sinks.

Now, imagine the savings if we captured and reused 70 percent of that water!

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2 California towns have recycled water filling stations for commercial use

Recycled water fill stations are popping up around northern California. Will other states follow their lead?

Recycled water fill stations are popping up around northern California. Will other states follow their lead?

California is still experiencing a severe drought, even with the large amounts of rainfall seen across the state over the past few weeks. Shortfalls of water will become more apparent as the weather heats up in the spring.

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Comonsense meets water scarcity – let’s recycle!

CA Drought, Sierra Nevada reservoir, photo by BitHead, flickr

A reservoir in the Sierra Nevada’s shows the effects of drought. Photo by BitHead, from flickr

I’ve often thought that we consumers waste inordinate amounts of water everyday. Now that California has finally declared a drought, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee so to speak.

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