Clean Water Components formed in 2010 as a response to the growing interest in greywater and rainwater reuse, and the challenges people face finding comprehensive information and the necessary components to install systems. Clean Water Components is committed to selling the parts needed to build high quality, well functioning systems. Our founding team had over a decade of experience with the design and installation of many types of greywater, rainwater, and composting toilet systems.
We are committed to supporting people to incorporate sustainable water systems in their homes, businesses, and communities. A portion of all our proceeds go to donating materials for clean water projects in schools or community centers.
We offer discounted rates for non-profits and community based projects. Please contact us if you would like to apply to receive a discounted rate.
Founded as a co-operative, 2 of the 3 founding members have moved on to other projects. Clean Water Components is looking for new partners to become co-operative owners of our business. For more information, please andrew [at] cleanwatercomponents [dot] com (write to Andrew).
Andrew Chahrour (current owner and operator)
Andrew installs integrated greywater systems as part of larger garden projects with Planting Justice, an Oakland-based non-profit dedicated to food justice. Andrew's expertise is in urban permaculture, designing and installing home-scale systems to maximize productivity of urban spaces by using locally available inputs. With each of the garden projects Andrew works on, he encourages sourcing irrigation water from the household fixtures. The orchard and perennial garden in his own backyard is irrigated exclusively by greywater. Andrew also built our website and keeps it in healthy working order.
John Russell holds a B.S. from UC Davis in Evolution and Ecology and a M.S. from San Francisco Institute of Architecture in Ecological Design. He is a founding member of WaterSprout, a design/build company which focuses exclusively on greywater and rainwater systems. He has pioneered the design and installation of innovative water systems throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and gives frequent lectures on the subject.
Laura is a co-founder of the Greywater Guerrillas (now Greywater Action) and has spent a decade exploring low-tech, urban sustainable water solutions. She has a BA in Environmental Science, a teaching credential and a master’s in education from New College of CA. She is a co-editor of the anthology Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground. Laura leads classes and workshops on urban ecological sanitation technologies of rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and composting toilets. Laura also works with the Greywater Alliance to help remove institutional barriers to sustainable water use.