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Recycled water system saves big bucks and helps keep homes green

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:57

Apr 16 - 'Greywater' system saves homeowners thousands of gallons per year with the pull of a lever. Sharon Reich reports.

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Looking to save money and be a little more environmentally conscious? Take a cue from Eurie Chung and do your laundry. Chung is one of the small but growing number of Californians saving thousands of dollars each year with a "grey" water filtration system, which recycles water from the wash and uses it to water fruit trees in her backyard. It's not only making her property green...it's also putting green in her pockets -- and best of all, she says, is that it's user friendly. SOUNDBITE: Homeowner Eurie Chung saying (English): "I think the most important thing is to make it easy for people. The reason I think sprinklers just go off all the time is because they're set on a timer and no one wants to actually be manually changing that timer all the time." That's where Leigh Jerrard comes in. He's in the business of making it easy to reuse dirty water by installing highly efficient systems that are low maintenance. SOUNDBITE: Leigh Jerrard, founder of Greywater Corps, saying (English): "Gently used water doesn't have to go into the sewer system, where additional chemicals, additional energy is added to it; oxygenation and settling tanks, and it's flushed out into the Santa Monica Bay where it can create more problems, it's much better to put that water into the water table, where it will percolate down and become part of our aquifer." Greywater is any non-potable water that doesn't contain human waste and can be reused to irrigate vegetation. It cannot contain contaminants or large quantities of salt that would kill plants and vegetables. Jerrard says users would save tens of thousands of gallons of water per year. Users in California are helping the state out too, after it suffered its driest year on record. SOUNDBITE: Leigh Jerrard, founder of Greywater Corps, saying (English): "Because of the drought, people are starting to become intensely aware of the water shortage, where our water comes from, how expensive it is, so I've been getting a lot of calls." There is just one small requirement: you can only use natural-based soaps and detergents. But what are a few suds, when you could save a whole lot of green?

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Recycled water system saves big bucks and helps keep homes green

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:57