As populations increase and the demand for water rises, our freshwater resources are becomingÂ increasingly scarce. Scarcity, coupled with stringent water regulations and aging infrastructure has ledÂ to continuous and substantial increases in water rates nationwide over the last twenty years. InÂ addition, escalating urbanization rates have increased water loads for current waste water treatmentÂ systems, and motivated tighter regulatory control. These facts create concern on whether existingÂ systems can provide a viable solution to stabilizing water supply and ensuring sanitary water conditionsÂ in the future. This new reality of water scarcity has created a need for water reclamation and reuseÂ technologies that are not only safe and cost effective, but also lower our environmental footprint andÂ allow for a sustainable future.
A company called Organica Water addresses this issue by developing an Â interesting new wastewater treatment system that combines conventionalÂ methods of waste water technology with advanced ecological engineering to treat water through the useÂ of a complex adaptive ecosystem. The result is a 1,500 sq.ft greenhouse. The aptly named BlueHouseâ„¢Â treats and recycles up to 24 million gallons of sanitary and storm water per year for a variety of non potableÂ applications like cooling towers or boiler makeup, irrigation, and toilet water. The vegetationÂ inside the BlueHouseâ„¢ provides a habitat for a highly diverse ecosystems, comprised of more than 3,000Â species of bacteria and other organisms, which breaks down the organic waste. Through the use ofÂ these natural processes the BlueHouseâ„¢ minimizes its environmental footprint, while also possessing anÂ aesthetically pleasing design and odorless treatment process. The BlueHouseâ„¢ water treatment andÂ reclamation system is an exceedingly flexible and appealing option in any environment, urban or rural.
Using a decentralized approach by treating and reusing wastewater locally, the BlueHouseâ„¢ technologyÂ makes ecological and economic sense. With a capacity to reuse water, considerable operational savingsÂ can be realized by using treated water for cooling towers, boiler systems, irrigation and other nonpotableÂ needs. The flexible size and simple operation of the BlueHouseâ„¢ technology lends itself toÂ being a viable solution: Ideal for large commercial, institutional or industrial sites the BlueHouseâ„¢Â ensures better treatment characteristics, higher quality of water, lower energy consumption, and costÂ savings in operations and overall footprint.
Now that is something we can all drink to!