I just realized something other people may have already known - that I have an obsession with water. Years ago I pursued a business where I would visit home owners, do an energy assessment of their home focusing primarily on water usage and show how much water they were using and purchasing. Then I would show them HET (High efficiency toilets) and faucets that use less gpm (gallons per minute) and give a comparison on how much water (and money) they could save by changing out their fixtures as well as educating them on water saving habits. I really wanted to change our community, one toilet at a time.
Then I became obsessed with the use of colored light and music in a showering experience. (Kohler DTV programs colored lights and showering experiences). I designed a very unique shower complete with a stone garden wall overlooking a waterproof mural of the Spanish countryside on the walls, stone floor mimicking a terrace, preset with colored lights, body sprays, and music (Battlestar Gallactica) to make the ULTIMATE showering experience.
In 2010 I started my Rain Water Waterfall / rain water harvesting to be used as toilet water project. I purchased a couple underground water storage tanks and designed (with help) a system to collect rainwater by punching holes in my gutter creating a waterfall in front of my music room windows. The rainwater would collect in a ‘pool’ that filtered the water and directed it into storage tanks which were to be piped to my home and pumped up to the plumbing wall of my home. And I would have clean toilet water that had been recycled from my roof.
My concern with the lack of potable water in most of the world directed me into learning about sustainability and becoming a LEED AP. My family history of manufacturing medical machines that use electricity on our body engrained in me the basic understanding that our body is made of water…. I have been talking and writing about water for a very long time.
So it should not have been a surprise that my newest venture is to design and build and operate a hydro Spa featuring a sauna room, a steam room, a warm ‘floating’ pool with a 12’ waterfall, complete with soft music & lights, in the building that also houses a Wellness Center and a hot Yoga school. I am REALLY excited about this venture and look forward to the day that I invite all of you to my grand opening!
Keeping Green, Christine