Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Grey Water Recycling Project Launched in Middle East
Grey water recycling has become a hot topic around the world, with water-strapped countries like Australia and others installing such systems. In Israel, the Health Ministry has generally prohibited grey water recycling because of the unacceptably high bacteria count in the water. Grey water is the leftover water from showers, sinks and washing machines, as opposed to black water - the water from toilets. With the proper treatment to reduce bacteria, it can be reused in toilets or to water gardens. A pilot project in Jerusalem, initiated by the environmental organization Shomera for a Better Environment, would only focus on reusing shower water. If the pilot is successful, the government would consider permitting systems in the public sector and in businesses to recycle shower water for flushing toilets or watering gardens.
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