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Grey water System

February 03. 2017

Welding crew Rachel Holderbach and workshop participants Valentina Rizzo and Denise Aimar are fabricating a new steel cat walk for access to the pool mechanical room.

[photos by Sue Kirsch]

Here is Denise grinding the welding joints smooth.



Spacers for a second level of the cat walk are welded on.

Valentina.

Denise is welding.

Rachel Holderbach.

More to come.


August 01. 2016

This year the Cosanti Foundation funded a grey water system designed to handle the needs of the East Crescent Phase 5 building, which when completed will include 15 small to medium-sized apartments, several commercial units, public restrooms, and a public shower/laundry facility.

The project is overseen by Habitat Coordinator Scott Riley, with the help of Ron Chandler and David Tollas, and is constructed with the assistance of workshoppers, volunteers, staff, and several vendors.

6/08/2016
Several members of the Construction Crew and workshop participants dug a trench all along the path from the Colly Garden in front of the Vaults along the staircase leading to the pool, to connect with the new Grey Water System next to the pool.

[photos and text by Scott Riley]

7/06/2016
Workshop participant Karen Kessler is using a rotatiller to loosen the earth in preparation for the installation of driplines.

7/6/2016
Workshop participants Gregory Cooke, Victor dos Santos and Duncan Routh are digging trenches for the driplines.

7/7/2016
The driplines have been installed and are being covered. Geoflow irrigation components, and technical expertise were supplied by Applied Process Equipment, of Scottsdale (contact Richard Sinclair). The dripline tubing is one of the irrigation components supplied by Applied Process Equipment.

7/21/2016
Arcosanti purchasing chief Paul Vigne picked up five pallets of Fescue Sod from "Northlane Turf" in Chino Valley grass.

7/21/2016
Installation of the sod.

7/21/2016
Part of the lawn has been layed in.


July 29. 2016

This continues our report about the installation of a grey water system designed to handle the needs of the East Crescent Phase 5 building.

6/6/2016
Tristan Tollas, Brodie Atkinson, and Charlie Correales, all from the May 2016 workshop, install the purple reclaimed water pipes that will deliver the grey water to the Colly Garden.

[photos and text by Scott Riley]

6/10/2014
Several members of the Construction Crew and workshop participants sift the earth prior to backfilling the plumbing trench.

7/5/2016
The Grey Water plumbing manifold awaits the installation of the irrigation dripline in the Colly Garden, the primary project for the June 2016 workshop. The pump, float switches, Geoflow irrigation components, and technical expertise were supplied by Applied Process Equipment, of Scottsdale (contact Richard Sinclair).


July 27. 2016

We continue our report about the installation of a grey water system designed to handle the needs of the East Crescent Phase 5 building.

2/19/2016
The Construction Department crew and volunteers along with several members of the January 30, 2016 workshop backfill the tank. The OSB plywood facilitates separation of the fill, with 3/4" gravel packed closely around the tank.

[photos and text by Scott Riley]

2/24/2016
January 2016 workshop participant Viola Adriano and friend route the piping that will deliver the grey water from the East Crescent to the tank. Not pictured is Phoenix plumber Mike Fisher, who assisted in the installation of the pipes and control valves. Plumbing supplies and technical expertise were supplied by Sprinklerworld (contact Jay Orton).

5/4/2016
The electrical controls were installed by Michael Bittman with the assistance of January 2016 workshopper Lana Morris.


in the photo: Lana Morris.


July 25. 2016

This year the Cosanti Foundation is funding a grey water system designed to handle the needs of the East Crescent Phase 5 building, which when completed will include 15 small to medium-sized apartments, several commercial units, public restrooms, and a public shower/laundry facility.

The project is being overseen by Habitat Coordinator Scott Riley, with the help of Ron Chandler and David Tollas, and is being constructed with the assistance of workshoppers, volunteers, staff, and several vendors.

[text by Scott Riley]

In 2014 Westland Resources (contact Justin Ramsey) engineered the 3000-gallon per day system, which was then permitted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

The installation of the system began in January 2016. Here local rancher Lane Malouff begins the excavation for the future site of the grey water tank. David Tollas checks the dimensions.

[photo by Scott Riley]

2/18/2016
Prescott vendor Yavapai Precast (contact Mark Boehle) fabricated the 2000-gallon tank and delivered it to site.

[photo by Chihiro Saito]

2/18/2016
The two-part, two-compartment tank was a modification of an existing design for a septic tank.

[photo by Chihiro Saito]

This report continues on Wednesday, July 27. 2016.