Urban Water Conservation: How We Go Green in the City
Meet NORM: Hassalo on Eighth’s Ticket to Urban Water Conservation
If you’ve visited our community or leased with us, chances are good that you’ve heard about NORM, our natural wastewater treatment, re-use and disposal system (otherwise known as a Natural Organic Recycling Machine). In short, this urban water conservation system recycles 100 percent of the black and grey water used at our community. It creates non-potable water for toilet flushing, irrigation and air conditioning. What makes NORM even cooler? It’s the largest (and only) urban-scale residential wastewater treatment and reuse system in all of North America.
How NORM Helps the Environment:
- Treats roughly 47,000 gallons of water a day, reducing our contribution to the city’s sewer system significantly.
- Gives back to the landscape by creating non-potable water used for irrigation.
- Doesn’t generate any waste of its own. Biosolids are used for fertilizer off-site, and fats, oils and gases are used for fuel.
- Reduces water usage for our buildings by 33 percent, or 7,300,000 gallons of water per year.
How NORM Helps You:
- As a resident, you could experience significant savings on the water/sewer portion of your utility bill.
- Enjoy being part of the change as we work together to create an EcoDistrict in the heart of the city.
- Reduce your carbon footprint – just by living here!
Read about NORM in the News:
- Columbia Green Technologies Feature
- NORM Redefines the Concept of Community Buy-In
- How Cutting-Edge Water Technology Saved Hassalo on Eighth Builders $1.5M
- Portland Community is A Sustainability Game Changer
As many know, sustainability is of paramount importance to us here at Hassalo on Eighth. This is just one of the many ways in which we embrace the “green” lifestyle. We are extremely excited to have brought NORM to life and our sustainability efforts to another level. Just think: You could reduce your carbon footprint just by living here. W