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There is a company called Water Saving Technologies who devloped an easy system to save water and money.

The Aqus System basically recycles and clenese the water from your bathroom sink and uses it to flush the toilet. 

The system is expected to save 8 gallons a day based on a 2 person bathroom. That's 2920 gallons a year. A quick check with your utility bill will give you an idea of the yearly saving.

The system was featured Best Of What's New 2007 in Popular Science magazine in the article "Guilt Free Flushing".

The draw back is the approximate cost of $295.00 but this will be recouped by the savings over time.

For a business or frequently used bathroom for a larger family this could some equate to savings.

Alan Langstone
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Comments (4)

Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

I read about these recently in INC magazine or maybe it was Fast Company but the idea is a really good one.  I would hope that builders will start offering them as an option or just putting them in.  The cost is relatively low for the benefit. 

Jan 02, 2009 10:14 AM
Robert Schwabe
Herron Real Estate - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Alan - This Aqus system looks preety neat.  I wonder how long it will take before it catches on where everybody will want one.

Jan 02, 2009 11:35 AM
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Jan 03, 2009 11:50 PM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Wow! thank you for this informative post. any idea how long it takes to recoup the $295?

Jan 03, 2009 11:52 PM