Rain Water added to Second Generation Portfolio

Interested in capturing some of that rain that’s coming? Hire Second Generation Water to do your Rain Barrel Installation and delivery. We are ARCSA trained installers, and are happy to take on your project in LA, Orange County or Riverside.
Check out these beauties we installed last month!
The cost? $300 Installation after most rebates.
What you get:
4 Basic Blue, Red, or Black 55 Gallon Barrels delivered to your home.
We will retrofit these previously used containers with one down spout diverter with screens with connections to link the tanks.
Spigots for the garden hose
Blocks and a treated wood base for elevation to increase pressure, and an overflow connection and hose on first or last barrel
Half day installations available.
Upfront cost will be $600, with homeowners eligible in most communities in Southern California eligible for $300 in rebates!
*Custom paint can be done for your barrels at a cost.

For more information on rain water, visit http://www.2gwater.com/rain-water.html or drop us a line :

Grey Water Gator

In grey water news…we’re launching this  product today in our online store.

$1799, and for anyone on my facebook network it’s $1699 over the next week. Even friends of friends.

The Grey Water Gator Pro Is The Most Advanced & Effective Grey Water Unit On The Market Today. This heavy duty unit was developed and tested during Australia’s record drought. It’s a great plug and play solution for your grey water needs. You can be up and running within one day. It is suitable for multi zone, drip line irrigation, Garden Bed, and Under Turf (Yes you can water your grass with it!!)

Instead of dumping that 200 gallons a day of shower and laundry water straight back to the city, why not use it twice with the Gator Pro.  Check us out at http://www.2gwater.com for full details or shop at http://store.2gwater.com/products/gator-pro-grey-water-unit


Greywater Best Practices

Greywater is a great way to recycle mildly-contaminated water for general household use. It reduces the load on the local water supply and treatment centers and also conserves water. However, there are some points that every gray water user must know to get the most out of it, as mentioned below:

  1. Water contaminated with fecal matter must not be reused. That’s strictly for the sewers.
  2. Water from sinks is often thought to be safe for greywater use. However if you are rinsing dirty diapers in the sink, this obviously does not hold true anymore. Be mindful of what you do at the sink.
  3. If the grey water is to be used for irrigation purposes, make sure that its source is free from toxic chemicals. Common toxic household products include bleach, rat poison and so on.
  4. Do not use greywater to irrigate crops that produce edibles.
  5. It is generally best to not store grey water in any open containers as the present in it can spread.
  6. Keep your kids and pets away from gray water.

How GreyWater Recycling Helps the Water Supply System

GrayWater is waste water that is usually generated from household sinks and laundry. When directly recycled with the help of an on-site grey water recycling system, it can greatly help the environment and the general water infrastructure.

The first use of greywater comes in the form of household use. With the exception of kitchen sinks, it can be used for the purposes of flushing and washing cars and other household chores that involve water. This greatly reduces the need for water that comes from the city water supply, thereby reducing load on it. Because the greywater is being recycled at home rather than the local water treatment plant, it greatly reduces the burden on the treatment plant. What that means is that the plant has less water to purify and therefore will handle the water it has to treat more efficiently and effectively. That indirectly means that the local water treatment plant will supply cleaner water to homes, which will benefit those with gray water recycling systems as well.

All About GrayWater

Water is a commodity that most of us take for granted. What’s troubling though is that the consumption of water is much more than its rate of renewal. Using water carefully is a part of the solution to this problem. But what about partially-waste water, like water from sinks, laundry and general sewerage that does not contain fecal matter? This water cannot be filtered to be drinkable again, but it can be reused for a lot of other important purposes. This kind of water is called graywater.

Graywater usually goes to water-treatment plants where it is treated to be used again in sinks and laundry systems. What’s even better is that it can also be used for irrigation purposes. Graywater usually contains fewer levels of pathogens than home sewage from toilets, and thus is easier to treat. In fact, home owners can setup their own graywater treatment systems so that the burden on urban water systems can be lessened. The applications for this ‘recycled’ greywater are numerous, the most obvious ones being for flushing toilets and general irrigation.

There’s one catch to treating graywater at your own place – it has to be used within a short span of time or else it quickly putrefy due to its recycled nature. It is never advised to use this treated graywater for drinking purposes. If you intend to use the recycled graywater for irrigation purposes, it is generally advisable that the graywater should not be very chemical-heavy. What that means is that the detergents being drained with the graywater should generally be non-toxic.

Grey Water System Legalities

Grey Water Systems are legal, Per California code and Greywateraction.com.  Under the new 2009 California grey water code, washing machine systems that do not alter the existing plumbing do not require a permit as long as the installer follows these guidelines.

The system must have an easy way to direct flow back to the sewer/septic (3 way valve). The valve must be labeled. It must also send the water to irrigate landscape plants. The system should also keep the water on the same property it is produced. It should have a maintenance manual as well. It should also discharge the graywater under a 2 inch cover of mulch, plastic shield, or stones.

The system must not contain diaper water. It must not contain hazardous chemicals such as from a home photo lab. It should have a pooling greywater or runoff. It should make sure that the graywater is not accessible to people or pets (such as in an open tub). It should include a pump, except the washing machine pump. It must also connect to the potable water supply. It should not affect other parts of the building, such as the electrical or structural components.

By installing an L2L system you will save water, irrigate more, recharge the local water table, and lessen the burden on the local sewer system, all while saving money. Take the first step toward a sustainable future in Los Angeles with 2Gwater!

Methods of Treating Grey Water

Gray water can be recycled within the household! The only requirement to do so is using a separate plumbing system from black water, so it can be processed, treated, and stored for reuse. However, even after treating it, grey water should not be stored for a long duration as the organic chemicals in it can putrefy the water. It is also never safe to drink. Here is the first method of its treatment:

Grey Water Recycling with Purification: Water is recycled with purification where potable water (drinking water) is required, and/or for other household tasks such as washing and showering. It can be done using mechanical systems of sand filtration and lava filtration. It can also be recycled using biological systems which have treatment ponds, living walls, and constructed wetlands. The two mentioned systems make use of the natural biological principles. Water can be recycled without the biological principles as well, using distillation and/or mechanical processes (reverse osmosis) to treat large volumes of grey water so that the water can be potable again.

A Laundry to Landscape System (L2L) can help recycle and reuse the gray water right in your house. The system installation is very inexpensive, and can help reuse the grey water by routing it back to the landscape to be used again. Its installation will not only save you money, but will also create a sustainable future for California!

The easiest and least expensive first step to help fight California’s terrible drought is the installation of a Laundry to Landscape System (L2L). L2L systems use the clothes washer’s internal pump to distribute grey water directly to the receiving landscape and into the required mulch basins. The biology of the mulch basin and surrounding soil is the treatment system that digests organic debris, soap, and any potential pathogens. View this short video for a L2L overview.

Here is another method of the treatment of Grey Water:

Grey Water Recycling without Purification: Water can be recycled without purification. Water does not need to be as clean as potable water (drinking water) to be used in a lot of places. When it comes to agricultural and irrigational purposes, grey water can be recycled and reused without purification. The systems which recycle grey water without purifying them needs a supply of water. Special care must be taken so that no water stays in the system for more than 24 hours.

Second Generation Water Solutions follows the best practices when it comes to the installation of a grey water system. The Laundry to Landscape Solution can help fight California’s drought, and create a sustainable future for the next generations!

Best Practices for Grey Water System Installation

Grey water systems need to be installed keeping these few practices in mind:

  1. The grey water should not get in contact with any roots of vegetable plantation or food.
  2. If grey water is not contained within the site where it is generated, it will be considered a nuisance and will be subjected to Code Enforcement action pursuant to City Code Section 1-3 “Administrative Review of Ordinance Violations.”
  3. Even though grey water is defined as all waste water except toilet water from the household, there are still some limitations as to what can enter the grey water system. Some of these are water wasted from cleaning car parts, washing diapers, and greasy oily rags. This is because of the dangerous chemicals in them.
  4. The waste water mentioned above should be diverted to the septic system. It should not be used for irrigation.
  5. The grey water system can only direct the water to a landscape area which should be appropriate for its use.
  6. Electrical and/or structural components of a building should not be affected by the grey water system.
  7. There should be no spray irrigation connected to the grey water system.
  8. Grey water is not allowed to be stored anywhere (storage tank or tub). For it to be stored, the code requires filtration and a permit.
  9. The grey water system should be designed in such a way that it prevents any contact with humans and animals.
  10. There should be no potable water connection or a pump with the system. The pump in a washing machine is not a part of the grey water system.
  11. Grey water is not to be used for lawn irrigation. It is to be directed to irrigation basins only, which are 1 ft wide and 1 ft deep. Grey water can also be used to irrigate raised beds.
  12. The grey water system should be designed in such a way that it allows the user to direct the flow of water for irrigation, disposal, or the sewer. The direction control in the Laundry to Landscape (L2L) Schematic is called the “Three-Way Valve”.
  13. To further prevent humans and animals from coming in direct contact with the grey water, there is at least 2 inches of appropriate permeable cover (rock, soil, mulch etc) where grey water is used or released.

Second Generation Water Solutions follows all the best practices when it comes to the installation of the grey water system. This Laundry to Landscape Solution will help in fighting against Los Angeles’ terrible drought!