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Wastewater recycling startup CEO says we need to overhaul our ‘flush and forget’ society

Diana Olick of CNBC writes about Epic Cleantech, a water conservation startup.

The C3 Take
  • Epic Cleantech is a San Francisco-based startup that is developing on site water recycling technology.
  • After a toilet is flushed, Epic’s system will remove solids from wastewater and turn them into soil, before treating the water to be clean enough for irrigation, toilet flushing, or cooling towers.
  • In one residential building that was been retrofitted with this wastewater recycling system, over 2.5 million gallons of water were reused in one year.
  • This technology is especially important as population growth and droughts make addressing water conservation all the more important.

“’We are capturing all the dirty water that you would normally send into the sewer, and we’re turning that into clean water, into soil, and into recovered wastewater heat,’ said CEO Aaron Tartakovsky. ‘We are helping these buildings to recycle up to 95% of their water so that is 95% less fresh drinking water we have to pull in from the city supply, and we can instead recycle water right on site, right where it’s produced.'”

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