On Thursday, June 20, you can learn how to reduce your home's summer water use and slash your water bill by installing a gray water system that redirects wastewater from showers, bathtubs, laundry and bathroom sinks to irrigate your garden, ensuring that you have green landscaping even during droughts.
The program, “How Gray Water Can Cut Your Water Use and Save Money,” features Sherry Bryan of Ecology Action. It will be presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose. It is cosponsored by the City of Burlingame and is funded by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Admission is free.
Bryan, who has been teaching people about water conservation and irrigation for 15 years, will explain how to install a gray water system, what a system costs, building codes and how to find professionals to design, install and maintain your system. She also will discuss the kinds of plants you can water with gray water and plant-friendly laundry products.
“Gray water accounts for about half of the water that goes down the drain from a home for a family of four,” said Bryan. In addition to using less water, gray water systems save energy because less water needs to be pumped. Sending less wastewater to treatment facilities translates into chemical and energy savings.
Bryan is a water efficiency program manager at Ecology Action and the lead instructor and coordinator of the Monterey Bay Green Gardener Certification Program. She is also the cofounder and lead coordinator of the Central Coast Greywater Alliance. She has designed, permitted and installed low-water use landscapes, gray water and rainwater harvesting systems and other green infrastructure projects throughout the Monterey Bay Area and Santa Clara County.
This program is the fifth of seven free “Green Programs on Hot Topics” presented by the Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) this year. CEC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion a more environmentally and economically sustainable community. For more information, visit http://cecburlingame.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.