Company raises green awareness
As energy prices rise and our limited resources such as water continue to dwindle, our Federal and State governments are considering many new technologies to reduce consumption such as rain water harvesting, gray water recycling and solar domestic hot water heating.
According to an article on Forbes.com, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on July 9, 2010, announced rules that will finally allow developers of wind, solar and other green energy projects to apply for a total of $3 billion in federal grants to cover upfront project costs. The article states that under Treasury Department guidelines, the Department of Energy will disburse cash grants worth 30% of upfront costs for projects that start construction by the end of 2010. This funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be critical to boosting the demand for these technologies.
As a system supplier of wind, solar, water harvesting and gray water recycling systems, Metropolitan Industries has taken a leadership role by educating and helping contractors, plumbers, engineers and inspectors navigate their way through this new frontier of opportunity.
Of course, it is up to each individual state, not the inspectors, to adopt a code but the spread of awareness is effective, given the fact that technology is outpacing regulation. Currently, only four states have published guidelines regarding water harvesting and gray water recycling. Those states are Virginia, Texas, Oregon and Hawaii.
Engineers, Architects and Contractors working in the United States without official code to regulate gray water reuse and water harvesting/reuse only have informal guidelines to guide them as published in the Uniform Plumbing Code of 2009, International Plumbing Code of 2009, The American Water Works Association for reclaimed water and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers in regards to gray water reuse systems.
As these water re-use applications gain more and more popularity, the states will eventually catch up with some type of code to regulate their installations. Metropolitan Industries will continue to be an advocate for education and awareness.