What is gray water? Well gray water is water that has been used, but only for washing hands and such. Water that has been used for waste is referred to as black water. I wouldn’t recommend using black water without some serious filtration system. Gray water on the other hand can be re-used. For my family, I would recycle water only from my sinks in the two bath rooms that I have. I’m going to use the it for watering my garden only. I don’t have any filtering system to handle gray system for consumption. There are systems out to handle gray water, but I’m starting with a basic setup. Very basic setup. Five gallon buckets.
The bucket will be directly placed under the sink, and the drain pipe ran into the bucket. When the bucket is nearly full just take it out and water the garden.
Somethings to consider.
- Buckets should be emptied at least once a day.
- Organic should be used to prevent leakage of chemicals into your garden.
- If collecting gray water from washing machines. Avoid using borax. Borax can damage plants.
Collecting gray helps preserve water and money. I am always looking for ways to save money here and there. Cutting down on watering costs is one of them. Remember if cheap energy goes away so does cheap water. Try to be more conscience of how we as a modern society wastes water. Due to cheap energy we have the luxury of also cheap water. Should we waste that resource now, and later our children and children’s children may suffer for our actions.
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