When Remy Sabiani moved from France to California with his American wife, he needed to find work quickly.
“That was in 2009 when the economy was weak and there was a terrible drought in California,” recalled Sabiani. “I soon became interested in greywater because I saw it as a way to save both money and natural resources.”
Greywater systems separate water used for bathing and washing clothes and dishes from raw sewage, and filter the greywater so that it can be used for irrigation.
Research in the greywater industry eventually led him to Aqua2use, a greywater product that was popular in Australia.
“I was new to the country and I knew nothing about greywater, but I somehow talked them into letting me be their North American rep,” said Sabiani with a chuckle. “I think it was because I was the only person willing to travel to Australia to meet with them.”
The Aqua2use systems that he wholesales are compact, fully automatic and require minimal maintenance, according to Sabiani. “All you have to do is clean the filter every six months and replace it every three years.”
“People buy tiny houses for cost reasons and my products fit well with their need to save money,” said Sabiani. “Prices range from $399 to $699 for a system.”
The tiny house market really started to heat up about 18 months ago, according to Sabiani. “All of the sudden I started to be contacted by websites that sell tiny house equipment. And the tiny house sector is more and more of my sales every month.”
Sabiani noted that greywater systems are well suited to tiny houses because THOWs have easy to access plumbing and tend to be new construction. “If you plan for greywater from the start you can easily build it in.”
The greywater systems that Sabiani sells tend to be very compact and will fit next to or below a tiny house. They are also easy to transport with the system connected.
Greywater systems can be used in all climates. If the water is not stagnant in the system, freezing isn’t a major problem. It keeps moving until it is dispersed on the ground or through a drip line, according to Sabiani.
“Why are we using potable water for irrigating plants?” asked Sbiani with notable frustration. “Only black water should be treated at a wastewater treatment plant. Greywater can be used right onsite and the environmental impacts are greatly reduced.”