EPIC System total water management: truly a sustainable landscaping practice.
Dr. Mike O’Brien envisioned a commercial veterinary hospital to last the ages. Installed in 2012, The Beckwith Veterinary Hospital in Modesto, CA, is a state of the art facility. It operates off the grid with sustainable landscaping that captures water when it rains. In addition to many other features, there is a solar panel roof, green roof, and gray water reuse without exposure to humans or pets. A key tool to the sustainable landscaping is the use of the Environmental Passive Integrated Conveyance (EPIC) system.
A linear intercept to filter stormwater.
The construction of the animal hospital began grading the 300,000 gallon cistern first. The cistern is hidden underneath the parking area. Stormwater filters at the edge of pavement.
The patented drainage pipes are covered with fine gravel. The EPIC chamber internal flow separates oils from the water. The concrete pavers are then placed over the EPIC system. The stormwater drains from the EPIC filter into the cistern. Hence, Winter rains are harvested for use during the Summer.
Grey water reuse: What is “yucky” to humans is “yummy” to plants.
Outdoor irrigation practices use a large portion of our water supply. Grey water reuse systems are implemented by many counties to increase water efficiency. Furthermore, EPIC does not require pre-treatment, consequently the EPIC system IS the pre-treatment. Stanislaus County approved the lined septic leach field to reuse sink and wash water from the animal hospital. The field inlets switch between leach lines to allow natural breakdown of excess biomass in the system. In addition, soaps that may contain sulfates, phosphates or nitrates are broken down as nutrients for plants and trees. There are no bad smells or odors. Also landscapes in the EPIC system grow prolifically because there is air pockets in between the sand particles. In addition, the EPIC chambers never clog. The EPDM liner acts as a water barrier. As a result every drop of water is conserved and reused.