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Biologists have proven that natural water purification systems, without the use of harmful chemicals, are viable in different settings and at all latitudes from domestic to contaminated aquatic environments. 

Infinite Water

As water is a finite element how do we create the illusion of "infinite" water the same way nature has for billions of years.

As the global demand for water keeps pushing on the limited resources available, we need to become more innovative with water usage. 

We go beyond sustainable into the realm of regenerative design by adopting +Water that mimics the natural water balance, to create an ecological water balance. 

+Water

At EnsO Earth we adopt the design philosophy of the Living Future's Water Petal, which we refer to as +Water, as the Water Petal certification cannot be applied in isolation as it is only one part of the Living Building Challenge certification process.

 

For +Water the site needs to meet all its water requirements within the footprint of the site without the use of harmful chemicals, and incorporates rainwater harvesting, stormwater, and wastewater management. 

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+Reduce

Potable Water Management

Diversification of water supply by rationalising the water demand as fit for purpose.

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+Recycle

Wastewater Management

We treat wastewater as a valuable resource, recycling the nutrient rich wastewater.

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+Restore

Stormwater Management

We adopt rainwater management systems that will recharge ground water and slow down runoff.

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+Reduce

Potable Water Management

Diversification of water supply by rationalising the water demand as fit for purpose, we create an optimal water balance for a project. 

"Fit-for-purpose specifications” are the treatment requirements to bring water from a particular source to the quality needed, to ensure public health, environmental protection, or specific user needs.


 

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Water fit-for purpose

Rationalising the water demand as fit for purpose, we create an optimal water balance for a project, as we do not use potable water for non-potable uses.

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Water Efficient Devices

Water efficiency means doing more with less water; for example, flushing the toilet with the least amount of water necessary to get the job done.

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Smart Water Devices

Monitoring devices are used to check water quality, to ensure safety, as well as pressure drops in the system that will indicate leakages.

Reduce
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+Recycle

Wastewater Management

We treat wastewater as a valuable resource, recycling the nutrient rich wastewater  for irrigation and urban farming and non-potable water can also be used for toilet flushing and area washdowns

By upcycling the wastewater, they are able to use the nutrient-rich, reclaimed water for irrigation purposes to grow food or introduce green belts into their communities; indirectly improving their living environment, property appeal and well-being. 

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Living  Machines

The Living Machine® is an emerging wastewater treatment technology that utilizes a series of tanks, which support vegetation and a variety of other organisms. 

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Bio-treatment Systems

Biological treatment systems are “living” systems that rely on mixed biological cultures to break down the organics and remove organics from solution in the wastewater. 

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Bio-Digestor Systems

Anaerobic digestion (in the absence of oxygen) is a process through which bacteria break down organic matter—such as animal manure, food waste and wastewater biosolids.

Recycle
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+Restore

Stormwater Management

Where can we adopt rainwater management systems that will recharge ground water and slow down runoff, minimizing the peak curve and reducing detention ponds storage capacity rendering more user friendly spaces and smaller downstream pipe diameters and flooding.

Constructed wetlands creates buffers to treat contaminated surface runoff for oil and other surface waste before discharging clean water back into our watercourses. 

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Permeable Surfaces

Create less impermeable surfaces in parking areas and rain gardens

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Green Roofs and Walls

One of the critical elements in the cycle is the role of plants and trees in the process.

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Constructed Wetlands

Constructed wetlands creates buffers to treat contaminated surface runoff for oil and waste

Restore
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