Posted April 17, 2015 by Gabriel Posternak

Why You Should Reroute Your Greywater To Your Lawn

If you are a conscious homeowner, one the things that worry you the most is what can you do to save water. You and your family might take on several practices such as not running water unnecessarily. You all may even take shorter showers and have the thermostat on the water lowered, as well. When it comes to washing dishes, you wait for the dishwasher to be completely full and do a full load of laundry before running the washing machine.

These tips are all great to preserve water, but there's something else you could - and should - be doing. We're talking about greywater, an often overlooked residue that can further your water saving efforts.

What is greywater?

Greywater is basically the water that is left over after having run the dishwasher and the washing machine. Shower and bath water are also considered grey water. In fact, and believe it or not, up to two thirds of the water used in the home results in grey water. In other words, a huge amount of water is literally going down the drain, even when it can be re-used.

It's important to point out that grey water shouldn't be confused with blackwater. The latter is water that comes from toileting and some laundry if there are feces material remnants such as with cloth diapers. It shouldn't be confused with darkwater either.This is the water that comes from kitchen water waste. There may be food particles or grease and maybe even detergents from dishwashers. Sometimes if there is a grey water system that incorporates a grease trap, this water may be used for garden irrigation. This isn't always the case, so it's best if you check your local regulations to learn if you really can do it.

Shower and Tub

It's necessary to install a 3-way valve for the shower and tub so drain water can be directed to a grey water system or to the sewer line itself. If you want to, you can manually remove the water from the tub with a bucket from a bath or plug up the drain when you shower. Another option is to install a sump pump.

Grey Water from Your Washing Machine

Another way to put grey water to use is by using the water discharge from your washing machine. As long as you are not utilizing heavy duty chlorine bleach and other strong products as such, you can use the water from your laundry to grow your landscape. Remove the discharge hose from your washer and connect a longer hose that will contribute to the irrigation of your landscaping needs.

The hose can offer flexibility and it can be placed in various spots. This is a great way to water your lawn or nearby flowerpots.

Bathroom and Kitchen Sinks

The easiest way, of course, is to plug up the kitchen and bathroom drains for reusing in your lawn. However, you need to be sure that there are no harsh detergents in the water. Otherwise, you can install a grey water system to the underneath of your plumbing. Again, check with your local community for codes and regulations.

Landscaping has become somewhat of a challenge, especially for mindful homeowners that are doing their best to preserve as much water as possible. In that scenario, greywater becomes a viable and useful resource that can keep any lawn green without wasting clean water. Just be sure to check what the local regulations say about its use and you'll be ready to go!

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