Explainer: This ain’t no bric-a-brac

This ain’t no bric-a-brac

In 1985, then-UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali famously declared that "the next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics." Since then, concerns about water use and resources have become heightened. One Montreal company thinks it has a solution for your home.


1 Dennis Yasar, 41, is the man behind Brac Systems. After making a living in real estate he decided he wanted to create something "special." And he believes that water offers him that opportunity. "The average Canadian uses more than 343 litres of fresh water a day – a demand second only to Americans – and 65 per cent of indoor home water use occurs in the bathroom," he says, citing figures from Environment Canada. The World Health Organization recommends that the average person only needs about 50 litres of water per day. After working for two and a half years with partners, plumbers and other experts, Yasar’s company has now launched a system that he believes can reduce the annual water usage in a home by 30 per cent or more. This is because about 30 per cent of our home water usage comes from the toilet. "Be honest, we all flush more than once," he says. Yasar has already sold 230 units worldwide, though only 20 have been purchased in Canada. He recently received approval from the Quebec government, so it’s now available to homeowners, renovators and builders in this province.

2 The Brac System looks like a regular home hot water tank and is installed next to it. The Brac System takes the water used in showers, baths, the laundry and the bathroom sink – known as grey water; sewage is called black water – and directs it through its filter to clean it of bacteria and other nastiness. This cleansed grey water is then routed to the toilet to be used for flushing. "One shower per person a day will cover the daily usage for the toilet," he says. The tanks come in three sizes to accommodate the number of people in a home or condo. The largest model is good for a household of roughly six and costs $1,895. Installation costs about $1,000 more for a new home, and double that for a renovation. "If we installed the system in one million homes with four people in each house, we will save over 80 billion litres of water per year," he says.

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