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National housebuilder David Wilson Homes has chosen the Ecoplay greywater recycling system from CME Sanitary Systems for its ‘Greenfields’ development in Overton, near Basingstoke.

Greywater recycling was one of the criteria of the planning application for a number of properties on the housing development, however chemical systems were seen as not viable for the long term, due to their high maintenance costs.

David Wilson Homes was looking for a more simple system of water conservation that had minimal maintenance costs, but maximum environmental benefits and Ecoplay proved to be the perfect choice.

Ecoplay is an innovative, low-maintenance method of micro greywater recycling that recycles bath and shower water and uses it to flush up to two WCs in the home. This helps to reduce water and drainage use for the occupants by up to 30 per cent in a typical household.

The Ecoplay greywater recycling system was specified for eight apartments within the development, which are owned by local housing association, Sovereign.

The developers also recognised how Ecoplay could be hidden away behind cladded panels in the bathroom in a solution that requires no ongoing maintenance.

Ecoplay’s simple operation includes a system that contains a skimmer which removes particles from the surface of the greywater, with heavier waste sinking to the bottom of the tank before it is flushed away.

The remaining clean water is then transferred into a 100 litre storage tank, which is enough for approximately 15 toilet flushes.

This was just part of a series of environmentally friendly measures, which included solar water heating, rainwater harvesting and high efficiency boilers. Ecoplay was also an effective choice for this development because it is compact, lightweight, easy to install in a standard size void and compatible with modern back-to-wall or wall mounted WCs.

Graham Fisher, Business Development Director for Ecoplay, explains: “Developers are finding that greywater recycling systems help them to meet planning obligations, as well as the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The beauty of Ecoplay is its simple method of installation and operation.”

The intelligently-designed system recognises ‘old’ water and if the toilets are not flushed within 24 hours, the system automatically releases the stored water to waste before importing sufficient fresh water to flush the toilets.

With the introduction of the Code for Sustainable Homes, many within the construction industry now have a mandatory requirement to reduce water consumption per household. Using Ecoplay guarantees that the property will meet the latest water usage targets and therefore avoids having to carry out complex water usage calculations. Greywater recycling systems, such as Ecoplay, make it possible to retain high specification bathroom products, such as power showers and deep baths, whilst still remaining within the reduced water consumption levels set by the Code.

Paul Crispin, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes Southern, says: “We selected the Ecoplay greywater recycling system because it provides a practical hassle-free solution that meets our criteria for greener homes at Greenfields while also directly benefitting those who live in them with significantly reduced water bills.”

Since its release, Ecoplay has already been recognized as ‘Green Product of the Year’ at the Sustainable Building Services Awards, in recognition of its levels of innovation and environmental qualities. It has also received the Waterwise Marque from Waterwise, the UK’s authority on water efficiency and internationally received a Silver award at the GAIA awards at the Big 5 in Dubai last year.


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