Countdown: Top 10 blogs of 2015

Countdown: Top 10 blogs of 2015

Building science experts graciously share their thoughts and experiences with us to inspire and educate homeowners and builders to create high performance homes.

Ecological ways to irrigate your lawn

Ecological ways to irrigate your lawn

There was a good article in a recent edition of Building Operation Management entitled, "Water the Landscape: A Big Opportunity for Cost Savings." While homeowners are interested in saving on their water bill, the homeowners reading this blog post are...

High-quality treatment solution in a high-value subdivision

High-quality treatment solution in a high-value subdivision

Loudoun County is an affluent suburb Northwest of Washington, D.C. K Hovnanian Homes is building a dozen homes in the Woodmar Farms subdivision.

Biofilter provides a high performance low cost odor solution

Biofilter provides a high performance low cost odor solution

Lake Wildwood in western Nevada County, California is 60 miles northeast of Sacramento with 2,915 sewer connections. Following construction of a new, 95 foot diameter 835,000 gallon wastewater treatment tank, the municipality decided to provide covers and odor control to...

Phase 3 of West Virginia wastewater project complete

Phase 3 of West Virginia wastewater project complete

Phase 3 Green SRF Wastewater Project built on the success of two earlier projects located in the Left Fork Watershed of the Mud River, a low income, rural area in Lincoln County, W.V. The original project was a cooperative agreement between the Lincoln County Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Nature preserve park reuses wastewater

Nature preserve park reuses wastewater

Annie Louise Wilkerson was the first female ob/gyn in Raleigh, North Carolina and delivered more than 8,000 babies during her 53-year career in which she was known as a pioneer for her achievements in the medical community as well as...

The pros and cons of greywater recycling

The pros and cons of greywater recycling

The pros of greywater recycling are consistent with the pros of any water recycling (rainwater, yellow water, black water): A growing population — expected 420 million by mid-2050 A limited water supply By 2015, it is estimated 36 states will...

Puraflo peat biofilter works for 10 years with no maintenance

Puraflo peat biofilter works for 10 years with no maintenance

This is the report we just received from one of our distributors providing an invaluable testimonial for the quality and durability of the product; however, it's not what we recommend. We do recommend that every homeowner with an onsite wastewater...

A green solution to cleaner residential wastewater

A green solution to cleaner residential wastewater

If you have a: Residential or light commercial development requiring a wastewater treatment system. A site subject to intermittent use. An existing site needing repairs or upgrade.

6 Common causes of wastewater treatment failure

6 Common causes of wastewater treatment failure

System failure or malfunction, with the exception of the problems associated with age, can almost always be attributed to deviating from following best practices for installation, operation and maintenance. Some common causes of system failure are: 1. Hydraulic Overload More...

Fit for use

Fit for use

In Beyond the Yuck Factor, North Carolina State University soil scientists investigate ways to safely treat wastewater for reuse. They work to show that small-scale wastewater reuse can be a way to ensure a safe and plentiful water supply in the face of projected nationwide water shortages. Dr.

Decentralized water reuse systems growing in importance

Decentralized water reuse systems growing in importance

There is growing recognition of the benefits of decentralized water reuse solutions where water is captured, treated and reused locally. Historic concerns about the cost and operational effectiveness of residential and decentralized wastewater treatment systems have led to the development...

Puraflo Peat Fiber Biofilter Approved For Use as a Tertiary Polishing Filter in Manitoba (Press Release)

Greensboro, N.C. (February 16, 2012) – On July 27, 2011, Mike Gilbertson, Director of Environmental Services Branch of Manitoba Conservation, approved the use of in-ground and mounded pads for the dispersal of Puraflo peat fiber biofilter effluent throughout the province of Manitoba, Canada.

Anua's Puraflo Peat Fiber Biofilter Lower Cost Effluent Dispersal Methods Receive Approval in Wisconsin (Press Release)

Greensboro, N.C. (February 2, 2012) – Anua just received notification from the Wisconsin Safety and Buildings Division - Plumbing Product Review that its Puraflo peat fiber biofilter open bottom modules have been approved for use in conjunction with the in-ground...

Ask the Expert: How to keep a jobsite clean and green

Ask the Expert: How to keep a jobsite clean and green

Keeping a jobsite clean is a key component to making construction as green as possible and giving a good impression to anyone who visits the site.

5 Ways to conserve water

5 Ways to conserve water

Five ways to conserve water: Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they're completely full and you could save 1,000 gallons of potable water each month. Use the garbage disposal sparingly.

Value of water reuse technologies increases

Value of water reuse technologies increases

According to a study of water use in the U.S., the average water user saw rates rise 5.5% in 2011 versus 2010. However, in several cities, water and sewer rate increases were considerably higher: Indianapolis – up 12 percent Kansas...

Benefits of a clean building site

Benefits of a clean building site

Ways to keep a building site clean while constructing or remodeling a home: Have a plan of where all construction materials will be stored during the building process Have a designated refuse and reuse piles, separate items that can be...

15 Things to avoid to ensure safe operation of onsite wastewater treatment system

15 Things to avoid to ensure safe operation of onsite wastewater treatment system

A properly installed onsite wastewater treatment system will give you years of service; however, like anything else it must be properly maintained. The following is a list of things you need to avoid to not put undue stress on your...

12 things to do to maintain your onsite wastewater treatment system

12 things to do to maintain your onsite wastewater treatment system

Have your septic tank and other wastewater treatment system components inspected at least once a year. Conserve water to reduce the amount of wastewater that must be treated and dispersed. Repair any leaking faucets and toilets (this is very important...

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