Monday, August 1, 2011

"Down the Drain" Does Not Have to Be a Bad Thing

by Petra Rupp, Design Associate
CairnsCraft Remodeling, ASID Industry Partner

With our ever-growing eco-consciousness, homeowners have been flooded with new ideas to make their property more “green”. One of the greatest of these innovations is the Greywater system, which uses the water from your home to benefit your yard and garden. Taking “drought-friendly” to a whole new level, this system will use up to 70% of your household water in your yard, versus down the drain and into the ocean. The facts are simple: 70% of your household water is classified as Greywater (the remaining percentage is Black Water, or unusable)

• One hour of watering your garden or lawn is approximately 220 gallons

• The average person uses 140-160 gallons a day

• Less than 2% of the Earth's water supply is fresh water

Here's how to tell if your house is a good candidate for this new kind of recycling:

• Is your house on a raised foundation with a crawlspace under the floor?

• Or, do you have upstairs bathrooms?

• Do you have ornamental plants or fruit trees that need irrigation?

What you can do to start saving Earth’s most precious resource:

• Visit Oasis Design for more information on Greywater Systems:

• The City of San Diego offers free Water surveys- you can call 619-515-3500 to learn other ways to save water in your home

• If a Greywater system does not suit your needs, bear in mind these other plumbing fixes that can make a difference:

• A leaky faucet can waste up to 100 gallons a day

• You can save 5 gallons by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth

CairnsCraft Remodeling has years of experience in Greywater system installation, and we offer free in home estimates. Call us today at 619-818-9870, or visit CairnsCraft Remodeling at