Save Clean Water Supplies with Gray Water

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My goal is for everyone to become more conscious of their water consumption, especially because of the commodity it is where we live. We are very fortunate and we need to be wise and responsible as to guarantee that future generations will have access to drinking water that is safe and affordable.

Clean water supplies are at risk, so we need to make every drop count. We flush our toilets with water good enough for drinking and those toilets consume on average 40% of a household's water use.

To address this issue, homes and businesses should be using gray water. Gray water can come from various sources, the most straightforward being water from bathroom sinks being recycled to flush the toilet. The gently used water from bathroom sinks, baths, showers, and washing machines can also be reused for watering lawns. It is not water that has come into contact with feces. It is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard.

There are do-it-yourself projects, such as Sloan's AQUS water reclamation system, that only take about an hour to install and promise to save up to 6,000 gallons of water each year. It is a simple and effective solution to reducing our water footprint.

Unfortunately, in B.C., we lack a policy and framework that can help municipalities be able to safely use this non-potable water. The current plumbing code allows municipalities to accommodate that, but the problem is that it's up to the municipalities and many are not very familiar with the idea of water reclamation. For this reason, I would like to get the Vancouver City Council to approve a bylaw to allow commercial businesses to use gray water in hopes of promoting the reuse of it in restaurants, businesses, and households as well as inspire other individuals and cities to do so as well!