In-home water recycler for the ecologically-minded
Water has no substitute, its scarcity is an increasing global problem that has a big impact on humanity. Water conservation is one way to fight this problem. Water recycling is all about using “greywater”, old, dirty water and turning it into something useful. Dutch company Hydraloop has developed an in-house solution that helps people reduce their water usage by recycling shower water and other types of waste water. The company wants to help people conserve water, without losing comfort.
The fridge-sized device is small enough to install in a kitchen. It hooks up to the existing water system. Hydraloop developed the machine to recycle greywater – bathwater, washing machine water, shower water – into reusable water to flush the toilet and water the plants. The company claims their device can recycle 85% of all used household water.
According to the company, the device can reduce a normal household’s water consumption by as much as 45%. They also mention that it can reduce sewage emission, reduce carbon footprint and cut energy consumption.
Unique water treatment technology
Hydraloop’s unique patented water treatment system combines several technologies to process outgoing wastewater. Water is first treated through sedimentation, flotation, dissolved air flotation and foam fractionation. The treated water is then processed by an aerobic bioreactor and disinfected with UV lights. It is a similar process as used at large-scale treatment facilities, but in this case the process happens in a device the size of small fridge.
Low maintenance system
The in-home water recycler has no filters. So it needs less maintenance compared to other systems that use filters to separate solid waste from water, or that use chemicals for disinfection.
An accompanying smartphone app shows users how much water they are saving at any given time. Customers can also use the app to optimise the settings of the Hydraloop.
The system monitors all the essential components 24/7. If the device shows abnormal behaviour, the system switches to back-up water (rainwater or main water) and sends a message to the owner and the installer.
Although the company owns the patent on the Hydraloop, they encourage other parties to develop a similar, competing systems. This will make the product affordable and will help to solve the world’s water scarcity problem.
You can start your own “war on water consumption” by reducing or conserving, recycling and reusing process water. While its initial buy is significant, it will save on the water and energy bill in the long run.
Hydraloop gained worldwide acknowledgement for their product. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the company won the Best-of-the-Best award for their innovation. Furthermore, Time magazine named Hydraloop one of the 25 best products of the year. The magazine says that the company will play an important role in water conservation and sustainable technology.
The Netherlands – Your partner for water security
Water conservation means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly. Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe for generations to come.
With its experience and knowledge, the Netherlands is well-positioned to boost the global efforts in securing a sustainable water supply.