The ReFlow G2RS: Water is Life; Don't Waste It
The ReFlow G2RS: Water is Life; Don't Waste It
G2RS Saves Our Diminishing Fresh Water for Drinking, Washing, Gardening, Medical, Ice cubes - Not Flushing Waste!
G2RS Saves Our Diminishing Fresh Water for Drinking, Washing, Gardening, Medical, Ice cubes - Not Flushing Waste! Read more
About this project
THE ReFLOW G2RS
I am most grateful to the Canadian National Research Council of Canada (NRC) for funding the design and development of the G2RS prototype.
From here forward we need to generate the funding necessary to take the ReFLOW G2RS to market. Your backing is needed for INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION and FIRST PRODUCTION RUN.
ReFLOW G2RS BENEFITS:
This certification is needed for us to market the system worldwide.
The procedure is through the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence (EWMCE). The certification is conducted through the CSA B128.3 standard for non-potable wastewater reuse. The process is expected to take about 30 weeks, and cost around $120,000.00.
The following video shows the G2RS prototype 3D design developed by Form3. The prototype is being used for system testing and industry certification.
This is the NRC Funded G2RS Prototype for Certification and system testing. Yes, it is a bulky prototype; however, we are more concerned with its performance at this stage for testing and certification, rather than its aesthetic design.
FINAL STAGE DEVELOPMENT
The final product design is also being conducted by Form3 including electronic interface, with tooling specs for mass production, and perhaps Bluetooth technology.
This is the ReFlow G2RS Final Design model presented in the Kickstarter video.
FIRST PRODUCTION RUN
We are currently sourcing companies for manufacturing/tooling the G2RS components, and our mandate is to find one qualified in structural foam injection molding as the novelty and innovation of the G2RS requires extensive experience to comply with design.
The tooling of the custom components for the water storage (firkin), as well as developing the molds for other system parts, is going to cost about $100,000.00. The good news is most components (assembling parts) are small, so the cost of producing and assembling G2RS units, even on a mass scale, is lower. We are now interviewing from a short-list of a few highly recommended facilities in Canada as well as the United States.
ReFLOW G2RS FEATURES:
WE DID IT! AND, HERE IS HOW...
For the past two years we have worked very hard to achieve the concept of an effective decentralized compact grey-water recycling system for single family houses and even more so for apartments and condominiums which can be installed without the need for wall renovations or pipe retrofitting.
Well, the G2RS is an effective sustainable device that can retrofit into older existing houses and apartments as well as installed into new housing developments as part of a practical fresh water management approach for a better future.
Those are our first two considerable successes to date. The third and perhaps most important development achievement is keeping the ReFlow's cost to an affordable minimum so everyone has the chance to install and use this innovative system.
FIRST STEP: Before anything else was done, I assembled a power pack, peristaltic pump, and two polyurethane hoses beside my bathtub overflow drain looking for an idea as to whether the G2RS syphon concept was feasible.
The answer was most evident even with this very light (small, but noisy) pump, and having no design considerations whatsoever - as you will see I am using a straight cut hose (no intake nozzle) feeding it into the overflow drain.
I was soon after researching grey-water recycling to see what existed and what could be improved.
OUR FRESH WATER GOING DOWN THE TOILET...
Water is Life; Don't Waste It. Our fresh water consumption can be radically reduced by as much as 30% using our shower and bath water to flush our toilets.
GLOBAL FRESH WATER CRISIS? YES!
Here are just a few of the alarming facts and figures contributing to the current fresh water crises around the world. Click on images and news articles for more information.
DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH FRESH WATER IS IN YOUR FOOD??
We all know one person will drink anywhere between 2 to 4 litres of water every day; but did you know (according to UN Fresh Water stats) every day I person consumes 2000 to 5000 litres of virtual water embedded in foods EVERY DAY...
I have always enjoyed the challenge of defining and coordinating logistics to drive a project forward almost as much as I like conceptualizing new products and methods. This is likely the reason friends and colleagues consider me when white-boarding new projects...that, or the fact I also like to cook and eat when brainstorming; you cannot expect much if you try to problem solve on an empty stomach.
Still, designing and developing any
product is only the beginning of a most extensive process when taking that product to market. From personal experience, I know commercial success can only happen if you also have skilled production (manufacturing/assembling), an effective marketing team, and reliable
In the next few months we'll be interviewing and contracting companies with proven reliable and qualified track records to fulfill these critical roles, and to work with our existing and growing team.
We will spend as much time contracting, hiring, and training our customer support team; regardless of the product, purpose or intention the most critical element of a business plan is the people it serves. This is good customer service/support (#1).
Our goal line for commercialization success will be reached only after you happily install the ReFlow G2RS in your bathroom along with 800 other Kickstarter backers and environmentally conscious people of this planet helping create the success of this campaign and launch of an exceptional product, the ReFlow G2RS.
We have worked very hard for years to get to this point and we are confidently
ready to succeed, with your help.
THE ReFlow G2RS... CLOSER TO BECOMING A REALITY !
Every time someone clicks the "Back This Project" button we are one step closer to our goal of saving up to 30% of our freshwater now flushing waste. I thank you in advance for sharing this campaign to save our planet's number one diminishing resource with your network of family, friends, and anyone you know who needs freshwater to live.
There is inevitably a better way of
managing the freshwater on our planet and I am certain novel ideas and methods
for preserving and sustaining our number one resource will play a vital role in
our success of finding new effective methods and approaches.
It does speak volumes to have the ReFlow G2RSystem as a concept/invention/product endorsed by the Canadian National Research Council of Canada - their name does symbolize industry standards. This I know even more so after seeing it took almost as long to get permission to use their logo in our Kickstarter video as it did to get the funds to build the G2RS prototype.
I sincerely thank the team at NRC for their incredible support and obvious confidence in the G2RSystem's feasibility and its merits in conserving our planet's fresh water.
This is my largest project to date however I am truly inspired by the energy and support I am receiving from those I am working with - thank you. I only hope I am giving some back.
Finally, and certainly most importantly, I am truly grateful to you for your time and consideration in supporting development completion, certification, and marketing of the ReFlow G2RS, a viable means to saving up to 30% of our freshwater consumption. Thank you for caring & sharing.
Risks and challenges
The real risk we face is the possibility of not relaying the necessity for action today or people not understanding the genuinely dire need for us to make concerted efforts to turn things around.
The implementation of this system can make a significant difference, reducing our freshwater consumption by as much as 30 percent immediately after installation.
The highest hurdles have been overcome already in terms of prototype design and production. There are no real or significant challenges and/or risks in completing this project.
The same as other Kickstarter projects, we face the potential risk of a delay in delivering some of our rewards, primarily because of the EWMCE/CSA certification process taking 30 weeks to complete. However we have planned for July delivery of the system to backers allowing ourselves plenty more time than we see needed to get all our ducks in a row. Thank you.
I think challenges emerge to show us just how important something is. Regardless, I have the backing of an incredible team, and I am committed to overcoming any/all unforeseen challenges within introducing this freshwater saving device to a target number of 800 homes, approximate units in our first production. Undoubtedly we can turn our freshwater management practice around with the right approach and tools, like the ReFlow G2RS. Thank you for caring and sharing with your circle.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter