Saving water and money.
Ecoplay system reuses waste water for flushing
Saving water has to be a consideration for anyone designing new homes, but recycling systems are often a bulky plumbing headache.
The Ecoplay system is described as a “micro-grey water recycling system” that uses waste water from baths and showers for toilet flushing. It’s a Dutch design that works on the principle of storing only water used within the previous 24 hours, so it has no need for complex filtering systems or upstairs tanks. It is fitted with a self-learning computer that monitors the age of the water in the tank and purges it after 24 hours, drawing extra water from the mains if needed.
CME Sanitary Systems, which markets the product globally and launched it in the UK in February, claims it can help bring a new house up to level three or possibly four of the Code for Sustainable Homes. “It doesn’t interrupt the building cycle because it’s just like putting a different toilet in,” says business development manager David Blackler. “They’re hardly any larger than a concealed toilet.”
Each unit can serve one or two toilets, and is priced at £2,000-2,500. Blackler says they are suitable for new-build residential projects, particularly flats.