Tom Smith
Tom Smith is the former director of operations and marketing at Anua. Tom is driving demand for wastewater treatment, water reuse, rainwater harvesting and odor/VOC control solutions. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business.

Simple rainwater harvesting calculator

Simple rainwater harvesting calculator

Rainwater harvesting is not a new concept. There is archaeological evidence that rainwater harvesting dates as far back as 6,000 years ago in China. Today, there are improvements in technology to capture, filter, store and use rainwater. The primary drivers...

Decentralized wastewater system right for your community?

Decentralized wastewater system right for your community?

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a low-interest or no-interest source of funding for the installation, repair or upgrade of decentralized wastewater systems in small-town, rural and suburban areas. This is an excellent way for communities that are...

Decentralized wastewater systems – a sustainable solution

Decentralized wastewater systems – a sustainable solution

Both individual and cluster onsite wastewater treatment systems offer an approach to wastewater management that is characterized by smaller, simpler wastewater systems sized for specific areas, communities or developments. These systems are not generally intended to serve all of the...

Solutions to looming water crisis in Texas

Solutions to looming water crisis in Texas

The 2012 state water plan published by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) states, "In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, and its businesses and its agricultural...

Compact Mónashell eliminates odor at golf resort

Compact Mónashell eliminates odor at golf resort

The sixth hole on Eagle Pointe Golf Resort's golf course in Bloomington, Indiana has a wastewater pumping station in the rough to the right of the fairway. For more than 30 years, golfers and homeowners at Eagle Pointe Golf Resort...

Low water prices lead to inefficient distribution and use

Low water prices lead to inefficient distribution and use

TaKaDu, a water infrastructure monitoring company, has just produced the results of a study that show the lower the price of water, the more inefficient the distribution and the more inefficient the use. Underpricing water leads to undervaluing water and...

Reduce water usage to make a bathroom more green

Reduce water usage to make a bathroom more green

To make a bathroom more green you can reuse rainwater or treated wastewater in your toilets and collect, treat and reuse water from wash basins and showers. Approximately one quarter of all water entering homes is used to flush toilets.

Onsite wastewater treatment reduces load for municipalities

Onsite wastewater treatment reduces load for municipalities

Minooka Park is located in Chilton County, the geographic center of Alabama. The 366-acre park is primarily an ATV/off-road motorcycle park with miles of trails dedicated to off-road enthusiasts and has a new RV campground. Minooka Park opened with a...

The psychology of water reuse – Part II

The psychology of water reuse – Part II

I wanted to follow up on the NPR story of "Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty in Our Minds" and the public thinking that "directly reusing former sewage water was just plain gross." As I approach my one year anniversary in...

San Diego is reusing wastewater — shouldn’t you? Part I

San Diego is reusing wastewater — shouldn’t you? Part I

The city of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the U.S. and the second largest in California.

'Exceptional drought' in U.S. reiterates need for water reuse

'Exceptional drought' in U.S. reiterates need for water reuse

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the percent of contiguous U.S. land area experiencing exceptional drought in July reached the highest levels in the history of the U.S. Nearly 12 percent of the contiguous...

New solution for decentralized wastewater reuse

New solution for decentralized wastewater reuse

In addition to the reuse approach at large "centralized" wastewater treatment and water reclamation plants, we believe decentralized wastewater treatment reuse occurring closer to the point of generation (i.e., smaller reuse systems) can be beneficial environmentally and economically. With between...

In which watershed do you live?

In which watershed do you live?

Do you know where your water comes from — not which water system but which watershed? Your watershed is the drainage basin that captures surface water from rain, run-off from roads and parking lots, melting snow or ice, effluent from...

Ask the Expert: Going green in the kitchen

Ask the Expert: Going green in the kitchen

ProudGreenHome: What are five ways to make a kitchen more green? Anua's top five ways to make a kitchen more green: Don't use caustic drain openers for a clogged drain. Instead use boiling water or a drain snake to open...

Wastewater must be regulated to ensure all waters of the U.S. remain healthy

Wastewater must be regulated to ensure all waters of the U.S. remain healthy

Thanks to Clean Water Action, Earth Justice, Environment America, the National Wildlife Federation, the National Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Southern Environmental Law Center for publishing "Courting Disaster: How the Supreme Court Has Broken the Clean Water...

The sustainability megatrend

The sustainability megatrend

Thanks to David Lubin, senior advisor of Esty Environmental Partners and Chairman of Sustainability Innovators Working Group for a great webinar and article in Harvard Business Review on "The Sustainability Imperative." This is a particularly relevant topic to me since...

Ask the Expert: Wastewater treatment systems to save on utility bills

Ask the Expert: Wastewater treatment systems to save on utility bills

ProudGreenHome: How do I reduce summer utility bills? Tom Smith: Homeowners with decentralized wastewater treatment systems can save on their utility bill year round by using a peat fiber biofilter rather than an aerobic treatment unit. The peat fiber biofilter...

Rainwater harvesting increasing in U.S.

Rainwater harvesting increasing in U.S.

Rainwater harvesting as a means of water conservation is becoming increasingly important in the U.S. as areas of the country reach their limit of supporting current and future population growth. This is particularly evident in arid states and drought-prone regions that have suffered water shortages in recent years.

Obama administration affirms commitment to clean water

Obama administration affirms commitment to clean water

We applaud the president for reaffirming his administration's commitment to clean water in the "Clean Water Framework" that was released on April 27. Specific initiatives include: Promoting Innovative PartnershipsFederal agencies are partnering with states, tribes, local governments and diverse stakeholders...

The importance of water reuse moving forward

The importance of water reuse moving forward

An article in the April edition of Fast Company, entitled "A Sea of Dollars" notes the importance of water reuse with several compelling statistics: One in six gallons (17 percent) of fresh drinking water leak from utility pipes before reaching...

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