TRUSTED ADVISOR: Drought Resiliency Begins with Cheap Plastic Pipe

Posted on November 1 , 2017 in California, Drought, SoCal, Homeowners, Grey Water, NEXtreater, smarthomes, Dual Plumbing, Recycle Ready, gray water systems, gray water, grey water systems by Bob

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ourcity.jpgDid you know that the process of separating grey water from "black water" (waste water) is called "dual plumbing"? Did you know that the City of Los Angeles requires that all new homes be dual plumbed?

Our City San Diego published a "Trusted Advisor" article penned by our own Bob Hitchner, Chief of Sales and Marketing. 

Click here to read the full article!

By convention, homes are built with just one set of wastewater pipes that combine the drain water flows from your showers with the nasties from your toilets.  When that wastewater leaves your home, the combined flow is heavily laden with pathogens and has nowhere to go but to the city sewage treatment plant.  

In other words, even the drain water from your morning shower gets the same treatment as the flows from your morning business in the toilet.  It doesn’t need it!

When separated, the drain water from your showers  -- e.g. the so-called “grey water”  -- is a totally different matter.  It is the cleanest stream of waste water leaving your home, and it can be reused on your own property to water your landscape.  

In plumbing, the practice of separating the grey water waste from the black water is called dual plumbing.

When you dual plumb a home, you give yourself access to thousands of gallons of water that can be used a second time to keep your trees and planted landscape lush and healthy in times of severe drought.  (And this water is not even subject to drought-induced watering restrictions!).


Bob Hitchner, Chief of Sales & Marketing

Bob joined Nexus eWater as its first full-time American staffer in 2013 when he took leadership of in-region efforts to assess market opportunities, identify early adopters and sources of government support, and build expertise in state and local regulation. Bob is a graduate in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.