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How it Works

Each potential project should begin with a complete analysis of the available water sources to maximize potential and desired end use.  Careful consideration of the following steps will lead to a successful water harvesting system.

Catchment

Catchment

The catchment area can be any surface that water falls upon or any device that discards water.  Hard surface roofs, green roofs, and parking lots are a few of the most common catchment areas.  Others include synthetic turf, children's splash pads, cooling towers, and air conditioning units.

Pre-Filtration

Pre-Filtration

A pre-filter is used to remove dirt, debris, and organic matter from the harvested water.  This keeps the tank clean resulting in better water quality and less tank maintenance.

Storage & Overflow

Storage & Overflow

Selecting the proper storage vessel is perhaps the most important decision that must be made as it directly determines the overall effectiveness of your water harvesting system.  Tank size, material, and placement can mean the difference between running on 5% or 95% harvested water and are determined via a formula that accounts for average rainfall, collection area, and other available water sources, as well as consumption requirements.

Pumping

Pumping

The pump station is the heart of the water harvesting system.  Pumps can be submersible (located in the tank or wet well), or self-enclosed horizontal centrifugal such as the WaterMax shown here.

Controls

Controls

The Controls are what turn the user into a true Water Manager.  Our Advanced Control technology tells the pump when to start & stop and controls all ancillary components such as tank level sensor, automatic filtration, injection equipment, etc. 

Replenishment Water

Replenishment Water

Most of our customers include a replenishment water source in their systems in order to protect against water shortages.  It is important to carefully consider the design of the replenishment water system, as errors here could lead to major liabilities for the customer - particularly in the case of toilet flushing applications.

Post-Filtration & Water Treatment

Post-Filtration & Water Treatment

We custom design the post-filtration and water treatment to meet each project's final water use requirements.  If used inside the building, Disinfection of the water is often necessary.  Standard drip irrigation typically requires filtration to the 100 micron level through Screening.  Other water treatment methods available include UV, Chlorination, Media Filtration, Ozone, Ultra-Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, and Deionization.