“Up to 50% savings can be achieved with the use of graywater.”
Water is an essential necessity for all living beings, but the risk of depletion of water resources is increasing day by day worldwide. Due to various reasons, 25 countries are exposed to high water stress each year. With the expected 25% increase in the global population by 2050, it is predicted that this problem will escalate further.
Countries are taking various measures to combat water stress, and graywater recycling is one of the measures taken to address the water crisis. This is because with the development of treatment and storage systems for graywater, savings of up to 50% can be achieved in the water used in living spaces. A 50% water savings means approximately 70 liters of water saved per household per day.
Osman Yağız, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ekomaxi, shared important information about the importance of graywater use in combating the water crisis and storage methods.
One-fourth of the world’s population is facing extreme water stress. According to a report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), 25 countries are exposed to high water stress each year. It is predicted that without measures being taken, water stress will continue to increase, as the global population is expected to increase by 25% by 2050, reaching 10 billion. Therefore, finding ways to reduce water consumption is becoming increasingly critical.
Graywater recycling, which involves the treatment and reuse of graywater in residences, schools, hotels, and many other living spaces, is among the measures taken to combat the water crisis.
Osman Yağız, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ekomaxi, emphasized the importance of graywater use in achieving savings of up to 50% in water used in living spaces:
Graywater accounts for 50% to 80% of a household’s wastewater.
“Graywater refers to water other than blackwater (toilet water), which includes water collected from washing machines, dishwashers, baths, showers, and sinks, and is not of drinking water quality. Graywater accounts for 50% to 80% of a household’s wastewater. Treated graywater is used for toilet flushing, garden irrigation, and laundry.
Saves approximately 70 liters of water per day
With the efficient use of graywater through treatment and storage systems, savings of up to 50% in the water used in living spaces can be achieved. A 50% water savings means approximately 70 liters of water saved per household per day.
Successful examples of graywater use exist worldwide. Switzerland has become a leader in water savings by treating and reusing 90% of its wastewater, reducing water consumption by 30% in the last 20 years. Australia, Singapore, and Israel have also achieved a 40% reduction in water consumption through graywater use. If Turkey and other countries approach this issue with sensitivity, it will be possible to solve the world’s water stress problem.”
Osman Yağız also shared important information about the importance of safe storage in graywater systems:
“Alters the chemical composition of filtered graywater.”
“Graywater storage systems must meet safety and health criteria. This is because traditional concrete storage tanks, called concrete reservoirs, are affected by extreme hot and cold outdoor conditions and UV rays, leading to the formation of rust, algae, and bacteria in the tank over time. This, in turn, alters the chemical composition of filtered graywater, posing a threat to both health and the environment. The use of ‘GRP water tanks’ in graywater storage systems is critically important to prevent these negative effects of the concrete water storage method.
“Safely preserves graywater.”
GRP water tanks, made of “glass fiber-reinforced composite material,” are not affected by extreme hot and cold conditions, just like traditional systems. Due to the smooth surface structure of GRP panels and the near-zero permeability of UV rays due to the glass fiber content, it prevents the formation of algae, fungi, and bacteria in the water. As a result, GRP water tanks safely preserve graywater without compromising its quality throughout their 50-year lifespan.
GRP modular water tanks, which are 40% more cost-effective in initial investment compared to concrete reservoirs, also offer significant advantages in graywater storage with their rapid installation and commissioning.”
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