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.

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!