Carolyn discussed the importance of water efficiency in UK businesses, the benefits of commercial greywater recycling, and why the return on investment is more than just money.
Cascade Water Products is a purpose driven enterprise. By developing and commercialising low cost, easy to fit, use and maintain short retention micro domestic and commercial greywater reuse technology, our award-winning team will make the world a better place. Sustainable water is one of the biggest challenges facing the world.
Designed to be low cost, Aqua Gratis is an easy to fit use and maintain micro greywater reuse system. It is energy efficient using 5 KWH a year and constructed mindfully for the circular economy, only capturing the bath/shower water to only flush toilets. As part of The Internet of Things, the control panel functions as a Remote Monitoring System and Smart Meter for Water. This can increase water savings a further 15%. A Zero Waste Scotland study concluded it is carbon negative, except in single occupancy homes.
A simple solution, Aqua Gratis’ unique selling points have been developed through the innovative engineering used to create the system. These make the system significantly more attractive to developers.
One Aqua Gratis system services a small business premises and multiple WC’s.
Aqua Gratis reduces the need for domestic and commercial water supply by up to 30%. There is a synergy between water used for baths and showers and toilet flushing. If your business has shower facilities for employees or customers, for example a leisure, sports facility, hotel or accommodation provider, schools, universities and colleges, then you can significantly cut water and wastewater bills. The return on investment is more than money. Aqua Gratis addresses water supply, demand management, wastewater and sewage and achieving net zero. Water is the missing element in making carbon and greenhouse gas reductions.
If your business has shower facilities for employees or customers, for example a leisure, sports facility, hotel or accommodation provider, schools, universities and colleges, then you can significantly cut water and wastewater bills.
When I started out on this journey, I just thought it was a good idea. At that time my teenage boys had long hot showers and I made the connection with wasting water and energy. Then I discovered 50 cities in America were expected to run out of water in 2050. Research showed a global issue with water supply. In 2015 with the Paris Agreement, I thought “Great, we will get more help.” No. Water is right down the list of priorities.
In 2015 Sao Paul nearly ran out of water. In 2018 it was Cape Town’s turn. Search ‘cities running out of water’ and you will get a list showing the global issue affecting many millions of people.
I kept on and Peter Holdsworth, Chief Technology Officer for Cascade Water Products, kept developing the system. Friends, family and supporters kept us going. I must give much credit to my late mother; she was a brilliant. We won some awards including funding from Scottish Edge and Innovate UK. The timing of their awards was crucial in building prototypes. We now have our production model and will have it independently accredited in the new year.
We have attracted interest from water companies, developers like Barratts, Cala Homes, and the Duchy of Cornwall. This summer we were contacted by two construction companies based in South America. One is looking for 500,000 systems over 10 years! We know hotel chains are interested too. In the greater London area new developments are needing to adopt water saving measures to get planning permission.
Earlier this year our work started to be recognised here in the UK. The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) invited us to participate in research for a Climate Tech Report. From that we were invited to be on a panel and exhibit at their Scotland's Climate Ambition Zone - Scotland's COP26 Climate Tech Showcase (SCDI and ScotlandIS). Cascade is one of 16 companies selected to be on panel discussions and networking events.
My aim is:
Businesses are now expected to demonstrate their green credentials when applying for tenders. There are many tools online to help. However, water use is often not included. Thus, greywater as a solution is not included. So, be ahead of the pack and investigate greywater reuse. Find a system which suits your requirements. There are not many. Contact us for more information.
We want to have Aqua Gratis independently accredited. Then we can go to market. We desire to have some pilot projects which can help provide data to help really understand the benefits of the system. Metrics are needing to be developed.
We are in discussions with oversees developers and New York City's Green Infrastructure Department, so we need to plan how to scale rapidly to meet the needs and demand around the world.
We need to grow our team and create partnerships to be able to deliver on the amazing opportunities we have been developing home and abroad. Then we can develop new products!
Carolyn Hogg is one of six panelists at The New York Times Climate Hub Event, All the Difference: Improving Our Systems From Within at COP26 in Glasgow on Thursday 11 November 2021.
About the event:
All the Difference: Improving Our Systems From Within | The New York Times Climate Hub (nytimes.com) will be available to watch next week.
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