Water Departments

The goal is water conservation - Save Water
If you are a water seller, company, agency or department with a proactive conservation program the SiphonAid™ may be a suitable tool for your Water Conservation Program efforts. The goal is to conserve water.

Today many water agencies are facing daunting supply and delivery challenges for their customers. As such water conservation programs are becoming significantly more critical.  Many agencies have undertaken Laundry to Landscape (L2L) water saving programs.  A washing machine pump is a method of moving water.  Now Bath to Landscape can be considered by siphoning bath/shower water outside.  The Return on Investment exceeds that of L2L.  As such the cost/benefit to agencies are greatly increased.

Many water agencies already employ tools and services to assist customers with water conservation needs. Low Flow shower heads, low flush toilets, sink flow restrictors are just some of the devices used to help customers save. However as you may know every device can have its limitations due to a variety of reasons.  The SiphonAid™ is a good water conservation tool for agencies and water conservation programs to consider.

Gray water (grey water) reuse is rapidly becoming a popular means of cutting residential water consumption. By using grey water for landscape irrigation purposes the SiphonAid™ gray water system is becoming a utilitarian device for water departments to use in their conservation programs.

NOTE: Chapter 16A of the Plumbing Code does exempt Laundry to Landscape from permitting.  SiphonAid is not exempt because siphoning bath water is NOT covered by the Plumbing Code therefore exemption is not needed.  The same is true for bucketing bath water.  The SiphonAid like the bucket is not a plumbing device.  As such exemption is a moot point.

Agents of water departments know of gray water reuse and the grey water systems that are employed. While these systems can be expensive and thus beyond financial benefits or Return On Investment for a typical homeowner or occupant to consider the SiphonAid™ can be a practical alternative.
  
There  two primary sources of gray water, Laundry and Bath.  Siphoning bath water w/ a SiphonAid is extremely cost effective compared to the expense of a Laundry to Landscape system.  To encourage people to SAVE WATER - siphoning Bath to Landscape is a good WATER CONSERVATION tool. 

This is because the SiphonAid™
  • is an inexpensive gray water system
  • it is easy to use
  • uses no pumps, electricity - siphons operate by atmospheric pressure (watch video on previous page).
  • requires no storage or re-plumbing
  • a stand alone device – not a complicated system
  • recycles less than 250 GPD (est. family of 4)


Notes on Gray water
See these links for info on gray water per public health concerns:
Health Studies on Greywater
Impacts of Greywater Irrigation


The new and improved water conservation practices will involve you

The drought drags on with some hope El Nino will rescue our situation. However water conservation is a "from now on thing" and good practices will need continue and grow. Aside from new government ordinances and rate hikes the tactics current water conservation people practice will have to evolve.

To date most water conservation measures have been the low hanging fruit which consist primarily of device modification - low flush toilets, aerators in faucets and Laundry to Landscape (L2L) retrofit.  But device modification is the low hanging fruit.  Install or retrofit a device like a. Lo-Flow shower head and forget it. The device has been modified.  This is fine except too often people will feel that they’ve “done their part” and become complacent in water conservation efforts.

The next phase of conservation will have to develop behavior modification, some of which we've already seen - turning off water while brushing teeth, stop watering lawns and cars.  Behavior modification requires that the water user takes a participatory and active role in saving water.

Moving people towards further behavior modification will be more difficult as it will entail more physical activity - hands on and a willingness to become involved w/ the saving of water.   An example is Bath to Landscape (B2L) in which bucketing or siphoning of bath water outside. This requires some activity.  See video at www.siphonaid.com  as an example.

While some water conservation professionals have apprehension about the difficulties of promoting this type of behavioral modification there may be some upside to this activity in that it instills an appreciation of water to the individual and that can have positive long term effects.

To date there is little study or data on behavioral modification in water conservation but it will be coming, El Nino or not.

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