Grey Water Utilization Blueprint

This drawing installation is a step-by-step blueprint for a grey water[1] utilization system. This system, once installed, will collect the ‘waste water’ from the hand sinks and reroute it to be used for flushing the toilets.

It will rely on a gravity feed system as well as a solar powered 12V mini water pump. With the average person flushing five times a day, toilets make up about 31% of overall household water consumption. For the essential role it plays throughout daily life, water is an incredibly undervalued and underappreciated resource. In the past year the media has increased awareness through coverage of issues such as water meter installation, water shortages in the capital city, and inefficient water distribution systems that result in extreme water wastage.

These issues reveal just a few of the complexities and flaws of our current relationship to water. Rather than ‘starting from scratch’ in order to resolve these problems, I believe re-imagined, utilitarian design can be inserted into already existing systems within our homes, businesses, and schools so as to facilitate more sustainable lifestyles, specifically related to water consumption and wastage.