Gray Water Package Units from Brac Systems
Then we walk into Construct Canada and find Chris Thompson wrapped around a complete package unit available off-the-shelf right now, approved for use almost anywhere.
The Brac system includes "state-of-the-art components that filter used water from your shower, bath and laundry(*1), and then reuses it for your toilet’s evacuation system. The recycled water, which we will refer to as grey water, is strictly used for your toilet or for irrigation, and cannot get in your drinking-water system.
Foreign particles are filtered, so it is like using normal water, but without having to pay again, while also doing something effective for the environment. Furthermore, once integrated into your existing plumbing, the system operates seamlessly, so the only difference you will notice is on your water bill."
I asked Chris why they did not include the washing machine as a recommended connection; he said that the sinks and showers generally produce enough water to run the toilets and any excess will just go to the overflow.
I mentioned that in Atlanta there was a big need for landscaping water; he said that if that was the case it would make sense to have the biggest tank and connect the washer to it. He noted that you can also connect your downspouts to it and collect rainwater.
I also asked if the unit coloured the water; he said it is not necessary here, and that the unit could be set up to do so, and it also mildly chlorinates the water. (Faq's here)
So it is not pie-in-the-sky; for two thousand bucks you can have a complete package that is well resolved and relatively carefree, just clean the filter every three weeks and add a chlorine tablet every six. Anyone who has ever had a pool had a harder job. ::Brac Systems