Among the many topics of sustainability is the protection of our water resources and the sustainable practices for sanitation.
Every day, the average American family of four uses about 400 gallons of water. About 50% of that is considered “greywater.” Greywater is the used water from tubs and showers, bathroom sinks, and loads of laundry. Water that flows from the toilet is called “blackwater,” accounting for nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water use.
The public water system combines all used water that flows from your house, both grey and black, “purifies” it with chemicals, and sends it back to your house to use as “drinking water.” The chemicals have damaging effects on health.
Anyone with any sense has to have questions about this system. We have to re-design the water system of an arcology of well-being to use water wisely and protect our health at the same time. In an active greywater system, water from showers, tubs, and washing machines are directed to a holding tank, where it's filtered and then pumped back to flush toilets. Instead of recycling this “blackwater” back to our drinking water, it is used for other purposes, such as flushing toilets and irrigation for your lawn and garden. Toilets are ideal for greywater usage: They’re the biggest source of water consumption in the house. The average U.S. family spends about $500 a year on its water bill. This means that if we are paying for city water, we will use and recycle our water to go several times farther than average. This could mean a savings of about $150 a year for each household. It also means that if we are on our own well water, we will drain less water from the well.
Biofuels from Blackwater
The solids from the blackwater are called “bio solids.” These, combined with the stuff from the garbage disposal of each household, as well as the grass clippings, litter box, pulled weeds or any other wet organic material, can easily be transformed into bio fuels. The process is called “hydro-thermal liquefaction” (HTL). HTL emulates the way crude oil forms naturally, when biomass decays under high pressure and heat for millions of years — but it only takes 45 minutes. You bake the material at 660 degrees Fahrenheit and you have gas for your car or heat for your home. HTL generates up to 75 percent less carbon pollution than gasoline.
The public water and sanitation system is working on ways to monetize this process since there is so much of it. In fact, there is a continuous, endless supply. In other words, they plan to take our human waste, convert it to fuel, and sell it back to us.
Again, the thinking person has to have questions about a system that takes the waste from everyone’s toilets and transports it miles away to process it. Why spend millions of dollars to create one central processing system? There is only one reason. Because they want to take free, raw material from us and then sell it back to us at a profit.
Why can’t every household process their own waste and convert it to fuel themselves at no cost? An arcology of well-being will have a built in conversion system for all organic waste to make sure that there is no such word as “waste” in our vocabulary. We must drill our own well and convert the bio solids on site to provide heat and energy for the entire arcology.
Gather, Build and Share
We believe that the planning and designing, owning and operating of the utilities of an arcology of well-being must be done by those who live there.
We believe that humans need to start from scratch. They need to survive and invent. They need to be free to choose their own path. They need to be needed. They need to be masters of their own destiny, not subservient on-lookers. That is what brought out the best in our forefathers, and might always be the perfect scenario for ultimate well-being.
If we work together, we could bring dynamic people together to establish a new kind of human habitat starting with the ideas and strengths of those who plan to live there. We could design and build a habitat center that meets the needs of every member of the community on all 7 levels of well-being. We are at a time in history when we can begin to think about designing and building a new kind of habitat center that encourages contribution, physical health, life purpose, social connection, recreation and global responsibility all at the same time.