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March 5, 2018 at 8:52 am

Five Things to Remember When Reusing Your Greywater

sink, drain and flowing waterWhere does the water from your kitchen and bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines go? Recycling or reusing this gently used water has many benefits. Just remember the following basic guidelines when reusing your greywater:

1. Don’t Store the Wastewater for Long

You should not store your greywater for more than 24 hours. Otherwise, the nutrients in the wastewater will begin to break down. The quality of the water will deteriorate creating bad odours.

2. Minimize Contact With Untreated Greywater

Depending on what you allow down the drain, your greywater can contain bacteria, viruses, and chemicals. If mishandled, these pollutants can pose some risk not only to public health but also to the environment.  Accordingly, grey water systems should be designed to reduce contact with untreated wastewater.

3. Choose the right Greywater System

The type of system you use may impact how you can reuse your wastewater. Accordingly, consider how much greywater you require, and how and where you intend to use the water before you design your system. For instance, only treated water should be reused for surface irrigation. Untreated water requires sub-surface irrigation.

4. Consider Your Plants and Soil When Irrigating With Greywater

Whether you’re using a greywater treatment system or a diversion device, you need to consider the plants and the soil in your garden. Balance the level of water reuse with the amount of water, nutrients, and solids, your plants and soil can absorb.

5. Keep Your Wastewater System Simple

Grey water systems need not be complicated. Keep yours as simple as possible. Simple systems without pumps last longer and need less maintenance.

The demand on our potable water resources keeps on rising. Also, on the rise is the cost of safely treating wastewater. Such increases have consequently made water conservation and wastewater recycling or reuse increasingly important. Correctly recycle your greywater to reduce your potable water consumption, lower your water bills, reduce the amount of sewage you generate, and protect the environment.