Grey water is the water than is normally sent down the drain after a shower, a load of laundry, or running the water in the bathroom sink. It’s essentially good, clean water that’s simply being sent down the drain. However, by implementing a little grey water recycling around the house, the water that would normally be sent down the drain can instead be saved and collected. Once collected, the recycled grey water can be used to safely water the lawn, flower gardens, and trees.
Grey water recycling saves a lot of water over time. If you’re on a well, it’s an immense benefit, as any water that doesn’t have to come out of the well helps keep the well from running dry. If you buy water, grey water recycling leads to a smaller water bill, as less water coming out of the tank means less dollars coming out of your pocket.
There are quite a few pre-constructed grey water recycling systems available. These systems capture the grey water that would normally be sent down the drain. Inside the system the grey water is sent through a series of filters to remove impurities. The resulting grey water that comes out the end of the filter is clean and ready for use. Often times the grey water recycling systems come with drip irrigation so you can immediately starting watering your plants right from the first batch of water sent through your grey water recycling system.
For someone who’s a little more adventurous, there are a lot of plans for DIY grey water recycling systems. Greywater Action has quite a few examples of grey water recycling systems you can build yourself with a minimum of cost. They also have a section on DIY grey water recycling systems for cold climates so you can recycle your grey water all year long. It’s a whole lot better than just sending it all down the drain.
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