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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Greywater & the People's Republic of Boulder

Recalling this posting where a top greywater university was denied permission to reuse greywater, this article in the Boulder Daily Camera indicates the University of Colorado's green-certified dorm will finally get to use greywater. The agreement between CU and the Boulder City Council would allow for water to be reused in the dorm under a five-year pilot program.

CU Campus Sustainability Director Moe Tabrizi said the graywater recirculation system could save as much as 800,000 gallons a year...[and]...The total cost of the graywater system, including the additional piping that was installed during construction, will be between $300,000 and $400,000. CU still needs to install the collection tanks and the filtration system...

4,000,000 gallons for five years for a $400,000 price tag.  Given the prices of water in the Rocky Mountain region, it looks like it is going to take awhile to get a return on the investment.

But it appears that the greywater gap in Greywater Nation might be starting to fill in after all.
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Many of the biggest and most far-reaching investments we make
 in our lives are investments that have little or 
nothing to do with money.
~Author Daniel Quinn 

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