Recycling Grey Water

It has become more popular in recent years to be environmentally conscious.  Some people now call it “Green Living”.  This includes many aspects of  life, from how to build your house to recycling many things we use on a daily basis.  One area of conserving or recycling your water at home is to reuse grey water.

Grey water according to wikipedia is: “wastewater generated from domestic activities such as laundry, dishwashing, and bathing, which can be recycled on-site for uses such as landscape irrigation and constructed wetlands. Greywater differs from water from the toilets which is designated sewage or blackwater to indicate it contains human waste.”

There are many theories, designs and systems suggested by various companies and individuals.  They all do agree the easiest way to begin the process is to implement it when building a new house.  There are two basic methods.  One is to build a holding tank and purification system to process all grey mater and plumb the house so that all grey water stays out of the septic tank and flows through the other system.  The second method is to send grey water to a living plant purification system, which can not only act as a purification system, but also add beauty to your home.

Grey water is of course not drinkable, but can be used to flush toilets, water lawns, trees, gardens, and wash cars.  There is a large benefit not only in helping the environment by concerving the amount of drinkable water used in your home, but also keeping a healthier septic system by reducing the amount of waste water deposited into the tank.

There are a few things to keep in mind.  Some states have strict laws on how grey water can be used, and also how to correctly build a house if installing this type of system.  Also, adjusting the type of soaps and detergents you use should be considered.  Anything that contains salt or boron compounds can dehydrate plants.

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