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Our Challenges With Water Waste


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The topic of this month’s conversation is water waste management. How can we discover and install fully sustainable and highly efficient water waste processes at our island retreat?

Do you have any ideas? Can you help us with this? Read the blog and get in touch!

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Believe Tribers! We need you!

In our last few blog posts we’ve been asking for support and advice on a range of challenges that we’re facing as we move forward with the development of our fully sustainable island retreat. At the time of writing, we are still on the hunt for further guidance and expertise on the topics of renewable energy storage (read our previous blog here) and sustainable water management (find out more in the blog here). Plus this month, we’re introducing a new topic of conversation – sustainable water waste management.

Keep reading to find out more…

Waste Water

When it comes to waste water we’ll be dealing with two main elements;

  • Grey water from the kitchen, laundry, showers and basins considered to be only marginally contaminated
  • Black water; sewage water 

Black Water Processing

We believe we may have found a solution to help us treat our sewage wastewater in the form of a Biorock’s on-site wastewater treatment plant. Biorock ensure all of their sewage treatment plants are non-electric, have a low carbon footprint and call for minimum annual maintenance.

Is Biorock the best solution available to us or what other options are there? If you have any ideas, please get in touch because we’d love to know!

Greywater Processing

Greywater; the mildly contaminated water produced from showers, wash basin dishwashers and washing machines, is a major by-product that hotels have to contend with. With a limited water resource on the island we’ll need to use this precious commodity sparingly; regulating our consumption as much as possible and where we can, reusing and recycling.

Greywater is generally much easier to treat and recycle compared with blackwater as there are no harmful bacteria and disease causing pathogens.

If recycled properly, greywater can save approximately 70 litres of potable water per person per day in domestic households. Imagine how this would extrapolate for a hotel! Greywater recycling is therefore one of a number of water solutions that we should look to in order to decrease our usage.

However, if the greywater is inadequately treated this could contaminate the groundwater, which would adversely impact animals and plant life.

We’re interested to understand if there are any commercially sized “natural” (non-chemical) options available to process grey water to convert it into something that will find its way back into the earth contamination free.

Pipe Systems

Once we have found a fully sustainable solution for managing our waste water we’ll need to plan a safe, efficient and environment-friendly pipe system at our island retreat location; an alternative to plastic.

After the creation of the lightweight synthetic plastic polymer PVC at the start of the 20th century, the majority of modern-day pipe systems are composed of PVC. This is a big problem for us as PVC is thought to be one of, if not the most, environmentally-damaging plastics in use today – so much so that GreenPeace has indicatively dubbed it the “Poison Plastic”.

Our aim during construction is to limit wherever possible the use of plastic products and we’re therefore interested to find out about other alternatives out there. Our interest has been piqued by ceramic pipes, there’s something historically traditional about them, but we’re obviously open to other solutions and new ideas.

If you or anyone you know can help and guide us with any aspect of our waste water management and our quest to be fully sustainable, please reach out to us. You can leave a comment on this blog, message us on any of our social channels or get in touch via email at contact@believetribe.com.

We can’t wait to hear from you all!

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