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Understanding water recycling terminology

December 7, 2011

CHICAGO — As water concerns mount around the globe, it is expected that water recycling and reclamation practices will become much more common in future years, according to a press release.

These practices are expected to greatly impact how facilities are operated and cleaned and, because of this, building and cleaning professionals are wise to know more about water recycling, starting with its terminology, the release stated.

According to the release, Doug Berjer, product manager for CFR Corporation, has provided several definitions to get the ball rolling.

• Water recycling: This is the reusing of treated wastewater for safe and beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, toilet flushing and industrial applications
• Water reuse and reclamation: These terms are generally synonymous with water recycling, referring to treated water that can be reused safely for other purposes
• Gray water: Also spelled "grey," this is untreated wastewater derived from residential, commercial and industrial facilities, typically used for landscape irrigation. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of a facility''s water needs can be met using gray water.

"Responsible water use can have other benefits as well," said Berjer.

"For instance, huge amounts of energy are required to collect, deliver, treat and dispose of water. Recycling water helps reduce this demand and the related energy costs," Berjer added.

Click here to read the complete release.