The San Diego region has a water supply dilemma: it imports more than 80% of its water. The Water Reliability Coalition and its' members agree that we, as San Diegans, need a better water supply solution. It is a broad-based organization consisting of environmental, consumer, business, labor, and technical organizations.
Recently the WRC sat down with our own Scott Isaksen to discuss the rise of the on-site water recycling industry and the challenges that are ahead for companies like ours.
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Water Reliability Coalition: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. What do you find to be the general public response to greywater?
[Steve Bilson, Founder CEO of ReWater]: Very positive. Past surveys have found that greywater had a 98 percent approval rating. Positivity surrounding greywater could have to do with the fact that people know what is in their greywater. Anything found in greywater is something that people have been handling in their homes, and often includes things that are useful for irrigation.
[Scott Isaksen, Director of Engineering for Nexus eWater]: Public reception is generally very good. In California, it seems that people have accepted that the drought is continuous and that water needs to be treated as a limited resource.
WRC: How has the industry changed over the past five years?
SB: There are more players in the game now. Several companies have come and gone, largely because they don’t offer a product that can last. All greywater systems produce ‘scaling’ on the inside of pipes, which eventually breaks off and clogs the system. At this point the system is broken and needs to be replaced, which is too costly for most manufacturers to want to do, leading many to go out of business. This in turn damages the reputation of greywater.
SI: Consumers are beginning to appreciate the fact that treated greywater is highly treated and much cleaner than raw greywater, minimizing much of the mystery and “yuck” factor surrounding it. Builders and tradespeople are embracing the technology and moving beyond the uncertainty that comes along with being the first.