Students in Escondido Village are supporting sustainability research just by doing their laundry. Residential and Dining Enterprises has partnered with the Stanford Codiga Resource Recovery Center to collect approximately 100 gallons of laundry water from storage tanks every morning, which is then transported to the Codiga Center on Pampas Lane. The Center’s purpose is to research technologies for the recovery of clean water and energy from wastewater. The laundry water is treated through a forward osmosis-reverse osmosis treatment system first developed at NASA, to yield clean water suitable for reuse. The Codiga Center is testing the system’s performance to evaluate the suitability of the effluent for non-potable uses such as irrigation and flushing toilets. If this test proves successful, the technology could be implemented in buildings in the Bay Area to reuse water and help address the region’s chronic water shortage. Learn more about the Sustainable Living Program.
Friday, September 28, 2018