Health & Lifestyle

May 15, 2017 at 6:02 am

Grey Water Systems: Why They Are a Necessity in Australia

Watering FlowersRain is scarce these days, and many parts of the world are suffering from extended droughts. In some parts of Australia, water storage and recycling are essential parts of daily life. One of the best sources of supplemental water for household and farm use is greywater reuse.

Did you know there are available greywater systems for homes in Australia that you can use so water from the shower and sink can be systematically reused to water plants and trees?

The Water You Used

Homes in the world today produce two types of wastewater – grey and blackwater. Collected water from taps, basins, and showers make up the former, while the latter is mixed with collected matter from toilets. Water containing dishwashing solutions is also considered as blackwater due to the grease they contain.

For obvious reasons, blackwater is a potential source of contaminants and must be stored and handled appropriately. They can be used for subsurface irrigation after treatment and disinfection. Meanwhile, when treated properly, water collected from taps, basins, and showers can be used for the garden and toilets.

Water for Your Home

About half of your household’s water usage can be recycled. You can save gallons of water every day if you save greywater. Instead of using water from the tap to water plants, or keep the barn clean, you can tap into a greywater system. There are varying configurations and associated costs for grey water systems in Australia. The type of residential system you can have depends on numerous factors, not the least of which is current local and state regulations.

Lastly, you must be aware there are risks involved. While “grey” is usually cleaner than “black,” the water may still contain microorganisms, which are carriers of diseases, or certain toxic chemicals. If the water is left untreated and tapped for indoor use, then there will be problems. A subterranean system that releases them a few feet under the ground is the only safe option for untreated wastewater.