Condensate recovery is a process to reuse the water produced by air conditioning systems. Industrial, commercial and institutional customers can significantly reduce their water and wastewater bills by using alternative sources of water including condensate from air conditioning systems.
Austin Water’s Bucks for Business offers up to $100,000 in rebates towards the cost of equipment and processes that conserve water and exceed the efficiency requirements under city code.
HOW IT WORKS
Cooling systems rely on evaporator coils, which produce moisture. Instead of draining this high quality water into Austin’s sewers, buildings can capture the condensate water for reuse.
In Austin, a condensate recovery system can produce one gallon of condensate water per minute or over 1,400 gallons a day. This is generally enough water to supply landscape irrigation needs, and pay for itself in less than six months.
"Blended systems" are common for use in irrigation and combine rainwater harvesting and condensate recovery.
Condensate recovery is cost-effective in buildings over approximately 100,000 sq. ft. and is especially effective in shopping centers or warehouses, where there is a high degree of exchange between indoor and outdoor air.