Category Archives: Greywater Recycling

30Jun/15

Grey Water Recycling: Going Green to Save Your Business

When the chair of a company like Nestle tells a newspaper like the Financial Times that the looming international water crisis is ‘much more urgent than climate change,’ it’s time to sit up and take notice. After all, these are highly regarded institutions that are hardly renowned for buying into the hysteria of environmental fringe groups. The reality is, the British economy is going to be hit hard by this looming crisis, and it’s those businesses that start using water-recycling methods now that are most likely to survive in the long run. For larger business, grey water recycling is the most effective method of sustainably harvesting this natural resource. As you’ll see, grey water recycling is also as simple as it is effective.

grey water recyclingBuilt for Big Business

Grey water recycling is perfect if you’re operating a large business, as the large number of people associated with such businesses will be using a lot of the water that you’ll recycle. If you’re the landlord of a large residential block or are running a hotel, leisure centre or large office block, you’ll get the most out of grey water recycling.

How It Worksgrey water recycling

Grey water recycling takes the water used in baths and showers for other purposes such as flushing toilets and irrigating gardens. It does this by collecting the water in an aeration tank that encourages the natural cleansing of biodegradable particles. An ultra-filtration system catches the remaining particles and sends the clean water into a separate tank. This clean water is then pumped to a water management system and onto its final destination.

How You Save Money

The immediate way you save money is by reducing your water consumption by up to 40%, which can be a staggering sum if you’re running a multi-storey operation. More importantly, ROI on a good grey water recycling system, such as those approved by Waterscan, can be achieved in as little as 2.5 years. This is due to the low energy output of the grey water recycling system itself, which currently sits at 2KwH per m³ or £0.24 per m³ in financial terms.

grey water recycling Eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs)

Waterscan’s approved grey water recycling equipment is on the Government’s Water Technology List. The associated ECAs allow you to claim 100% of your first year capital gains allowances on your grey water recycling system. Ultimately, this means you can write of the entire investment against taxable profits during the period in which you make your investment in a grey water recycling system.

Being environmentally conscientious is a matter of survival that also reaps dividends in the short term. Waterscan have been roundly applauded by such Government bodies as DEFRA and are therefore the strategic water management partner you should consider to ensure you have a sustainable business in the future.

04May/15

Versatile Greywater Recycling Systems

We may be the blue planet, but according to the UN we’re running out of fresh water quickly. The average Briton uses 3,400 litres of water every day, and most of this comes from commercial enterprises. When global fresh water runs out, Britain will need to rethink the way it uses water, mostly because we will need to make up for the 40% of food we import. Wise businesses are addressing the problem now with rainwater recycling and greywater recycling systems. Let’s take a closer look at how greywater recycling works.

Businesses That Benefit From Greywater Recycling

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In a nutshell, greywater recycling uses water that is flushed from basins, baths and showers for purposes such as irrigating gardens, doing laundry, and flushing toilets. This makes greywater recycling the perfect solution for hotels, leisure centres, large residential blocks, and office buildings. Simply put, if you have a building where a lot of people gather, greywater recycling is the solution for you. Given that you’ll save up to 40% on water consumption, you’ll not only be helping the planet but saving a lot of money.

How the System Works

Water flows from your building’s showers and baths into an aeration tank. The aeration of the water helps biodegradable particles cleanse naturally, before the water is transferred into a filtration tank. This tank contains an ultra-filtration membrane that removes any remaining particles, and the freshly filtered water then travels to a clear water holding tank. A pump then sends this water onto its final destination via a water management system. Better still, the system is chemical free and self-cleaning.

How Your Business Benefits

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Apart from an impressive ROI of up to 2.5 years, greywater recycling is energy efficient in itself at 1.5kWh per m³. These financial savings are added to the goodwill generated amongst a public who are more environmentally conscious than ever before. When combined, these factors can add a lot to your bottom line. Don’t forget you can also claim 100% back on your first year capital allowances simply by investing in a greywater recycling system.

Easy Monitoring

Chances are you’re busy enough without needing to worry about your greywater recycling system. Thankfully, the system is monitored and so you can compare data on the volumes of greywater and mains water you’re using. Cost benefits are also monitored, including factors such as system performance.

To find our more about our greywater recycling systems, contact Waterscan today.

13Mar/15

Save The Planet While Saving Money: Greywater Recycling Does Both

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It’s great to live in an ecologically aware age, albeit it one created out of necessity. However, it’s important that green technology has a prudent component. Greywater recycling saves money in a way that will protect your bottom line and keep things greener for longer.

Reduced Water Consumption

The most obvious way greywater recycling saves money is by reducing your water consumption by up to 40%. This is done by taking the water you use from showering or bathing, cleaning and filtering it, and reusing it for non-potable purposes such as flushing toilets. It’s simple, effective, and an amazing way to save money.

Energy Efficiency

There’s no point investing in a greywater recycling system if the system itself is expensive to run. The most energy efficient greywater recycling systems only use approximately 2kwh per m3, which equates to about £0.24 per m³.

Chemical Free

Bubbles in the aeration process of greywater recycling continuously keep filters and membranes clean. This means you’ll only need to chemically clean the system approximately once per year at most. Not only does this minimise the chemicals you’ll put into the system, it saves money and time spent purchasing them.

Low Maintenance Costs

A combination of laser-welding to keep the filters secure combined with a clean-water backwash naturally reduces day-to-day wear and maintenance requirements. Add this to a serviceable life of up to 10 years for the filtration membrane, and the financial benefits become immediately apparent.

Capital Savings Through the ECA Programme

The Government’s goal to meet the EU’s binding energy targets means greywater recycling is eligible for the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme. This allows you to claim 100% on your first year’s capital allowance on your greywater recycling investment. Moreover, some greywater recycling equipment is on the Government’s Water Technology List. Choosing a greywater recycling system from this list allows you to write off the complete cost of your investment against any taxable profits made for the investment’s duration.

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Monitoring Your Investment

As with any investment, you need accurate data. The best greywater recycling systems will show you the volumes of greywater you’re using as well as your use of mains water. You’ll also be able to see how the system is performing and will receive immediate notification if maintenance is required. Most importantly, a cost benefit analysis will be at your fingertips.

Your ROI

In some cases, your Return on Investment (ROI) for a greywater recycling system can be as little as 2.5 years. Given the money you’ll save after that, you’ll wonder why you didn’t invest sooner.

12Feb/15

A Quick Guide to Greywater Recycling

While the Government seeks efficient ways of conserving water, it’s heartening to know that greywater recycling for commercial businesses throughout the UK is on the rise. But what is greywater recycling and how does it benefit businesses?

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Greywater Recycling at a Glance

In simple terms, greywater recycling takes non-fouled waste water from areas such as showers and baths and uses it in numerous capacities such as flushing urinals and toilets or irrigating land. The water passes through a unique filtration system to remove contaminants before it’s made available for use.

Which Businesses Are Best Suited to Greywater Recycling?

Given that greywater recycling can reduce water consumption by up to 40%, it’s something every business should consider. New build hotels, schools, and leisure centres may seem like the most obvious examples; a quick water audit will show just how high water consumption is and highlight potential technologies to reduce this consumption. You’d be surprised.

Greywater Recycling and the Environment

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The most obvious benefits are the immediate reduction in water consumption and associated expenses. However, as climate change and population growth sink their teeth in, the long-term benefits of saving water are already becoming apparent with an extra 800 million litres of water per day forecast as being required by 2020. This could send utility bills skyrocketing, and the businesses that get serious about greywater recycling now will have a better chance of reduced water costs in the future.

Greywater Recycling and Tax Relief

Businesses who invest in greywater recycling products now qualify for tax relief under the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme. Under the ECA Scheme, ROI can be expected in 2.5 years. The British Government’s decision to effectively hand money back to businesses that employ greywater recycling technologies shows how vital it is for businesses to take action to reduce water consumption.

Greywater and New Premises

While all businesses should consider integrating a greywater recycling system, the best place to start is with new build premises. Greywater systems can be seamlessly integrated during construction, whereas installing such a system in old premises is often cost prohibitive.

For more information on Greywater recycling methods and advantages, or to arrange an audit or discuss comprehensive water management solutions, contact Waterscan today.

08Jul/14

Costs and Benefits of Installing a Greywater Recycling System

Greywater systems are becoming more popular in the UK, with adoption continuing to rise as technology improves, environmental regulations tighten and awareness increases. The most compelling argument for installing a system is the amount of water you can save in your business operations.

Greywater recycling has been shown to reduce water use by as much as 40%. Typically, a system will pay for itself in three to five years. Businesses that install greywater systems are eligible for the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme to contribute to the costs.

grey water recyclingWhat is Greywater?

In this instance, greywater refers to the wastewater from showers, baths, and sinks. This water is still relatively clean after use and once it has passed through the system it can be reused for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens.

Environmentally conscious businesses have traditionally installed rainwater collection systems and used this as an alternative source of water. However, greywater recycling systems typically have a quicker return on investment and aren’t dependent on the level of rainfall, meaning you can save water all year round.

How Does It Work?
 
The system collects wastewater from washbasins, showers, and baths. This water is fed into the greywater system to be filtered and pumped into a storage tank. Here it sits until there is a demand, at which time it is then pumped out of the tank for reuse in toilet flushing or irrigation.

Once in place, a greywater recycling system is fairly low maintenance and typically only requires an annual visual inspection.

grey water recyclingIs a Grey Water System Right for You?
 
To truly maximise your return on a greywater system, it should be designed into the building prior to construction due to the requirement for specific pipework and space for the filtration and storage tanks. Retrofitting these components will often prove too cost prohibitive and cause disruption to your business.

Greywater recycling is ideally suited to hotels, leisure centres, large office and residential blocks as there is a constant supply of water used in baths, basins and showers which can meet the demand of flushing toilets and irrigating gardens.

The ECA program has made greywater systems very appealing to UK businesses, since they are able to write off the entire investment cost for the system against taxable profits. The need for improved water efficiency is only going to increase, so installing a greywater system will not only realise cost and consumption savings now but also prepare your business for the future.

To learn more, or for a no-obligation chat about installing a system, contact Waterscan, the UK’s leading provider of water management services.

15Mar/14

Greywater Recycling for Hotels and Businesses

flushing A shortage of water has led to an increased awareness of water saving solutions, such as greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting. There are various reasons for this impact on water resources, with climate change and population growth regularly cited as being key factors. As a result, the threat of water restrictions on a business is never far away. Government incentives to encourage better usage of water have also had an impact on this increased awareness.

Greywater recycling reuses water already used by a business in baths, showers and hand basins. Greywater recycling is on the rise and is suited for installation in buildings, like hotels, that have the potential to meet a significant proportion of domestic demand for water through recycling.

Greywater can be recycled for various non-drinking purposes, such as flushing toilets and irrigating gardens. More and more businesses are signing up for greywater recycling, as unlike rainwater harvesting, it saves mains water regardless of external environmental factors and reduces water consumption within a business more consistently. There are various sites that might be served well by greywater recycling, particularly those with a number of baths and showers including hotels, leisure centres and residential blocks.

A Quick Return on Investment

Rainwater HarvestingBusinesses that start to recycle their water can be eligible to benefit from the governments Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme, as well reductions in their water bills. Greywater recycling can also substantially reduce an organisations carbon and water footprint. With Waterscan’s system, which incorporates energy efficient components, the impact on energy consumption is also limited. In fact, you can potentially realise a full return on your investment in a greywater system within as little as 2.5 years.

It can be all too easy to underestimate how much water we use when washing our hands or flushing toilets. Many businesses offer bath and shower facilities to their staff or guests. By reusing this water, it’s estimated that greywater recycling can reduce the reliance on mains water by around 40%.

Easy to Accommodate

Greywater Recycling Hotels and guesthouses are a perfect beneficiary of these systems due to the natural supply and demand balance from their operation. The systems are more suited to new builds to allow for the system to be designed and installed in a discreet and compact manner, which means that you won’t have to take big steps to accommodate them. Our greywater systems are extremely energy-efficient, can be combined with a rainwater harvesting system – allowing for an even more effective water recycling product, and make an optimal contribution to the impact on water resources.

Waterline – a web-based online management system – can even run reports on the systems performance, allowing you to verify the savings in mains water usage as a result of installing the system.