Before potential renters or unit buyers step in the door, they have already started to judge the quality of the community and management based on the vibrancy and livability of the landscape and outdoor areas.
Increasing water restrictions can severely dampen "first impressions" and property value.
In addition, quality landscape is a substantial investment that should be protected by the developer.
IrriGRAY, by reusing graywater and AC condensate for landscape irrigation, helps to preserve landscape stock and quality. The IrriGRAY system is an inexpensive options for obtaining valuable LEED points, enabling cost saving trade-offs elsewhere.
Additional benefits include a substantial reduction in landscape maintenance costs (e.g. no more broken sprinkler heads and virtual elimination of water costs), and provides a solid return on investment. In most cases, IrriGRAY not only creates value, it starts making money from month 1 for the development owner.
Every development is different, but virtually all have one thing in common: there is more than enough re-usable water for Landscape and Turf Irrigation needs.
The most common question we receive is whether to centralize water capture, or whether to have an IrriGRAY system for each unit.
The most critical factor is not how many units there are, but how much water is required for landscape throughout summer. As a general rule of thumb, one resident can support 1,000 - 2,000 square feet of landscape via graywater recovery alone. So if there is 30,000 square feet of landscaping across the development, graywater from 30 residents will be sufficient. Clearly, attempting to recover graywater from every unit in a community of 100 units would be overkill and unnecessary.
Avoid centralized collection, pumping and filtration:
- Attempting to collect all graywater for a community in one tank is expensive. A large in-ground temporary storage tank would be required, long plumbing waste pipe runs (with consequential depth and pipe grade issues), high volume filters and more. Water management and odor control also start to have severe impacts on design as well.
- The simplest, most economical approach, is to install one IrriGRAY system per 10,000 square feet of landscape, and situate the pumping basin for this region near a suitable group of units that would have a normal residency of at least 10 people.
However, as mentioned above, every development is very different, so please contact us and describe your upcoming development. We can quickly analyze your needs and propose the best outcome for landscape quality, investment, return on investment and minimal long term maintenance.