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Important Information About Greywater Recycling

Important Information About Greywater Recycling

According to the US Geological Survey website, California uses more water than any other state and each Californian consumes an average of 181 gallons of water per day. With the world facing a very real threat of a clean water shortage, such statistics are alarming.

In addition to the environmental impact of high consumption rates, it also affects residents financially on their regular water bills. You may be asking yourself what you can do to reduce the amount of water you consume every day. Sure, you can vow to take shorter showers and avoid leaving taps on unnecessarily. While this can help to a certain extent, other means can make an even bigger difference.

What Is Greywater And How Can It Be Reused?

Greywater is water that has been used in your home in showers, bathtubs, sinks and washing machines. While this water may look dirty and can contain dirt, hair, grease, and soap, it can still be useful for certain daily applications, such as flushing toilets and irrigation.

While it may be possible to collect greywater through other means in your home, the most effective and safe way to recycle it is with a greywater system.

What Is A Greywater System?

A greywater system collects water from sinks, showers and tubs through a series of drain pipes that are separate from those used to collect blackwater (water from toilets). The system filters out solids and stores the greywater intended for specific purposes. To avoid stagnation that may cause odors, overflow is automatically eliminated into the sewage system.

Common Safety Practices

Greywater is likely to have a higher concentration of bacteria, therefore certain precautions surrounding its use should be taken. Direct contact with greywater should be avoided.

The most common use of greywater in residential environments is for the irrigation of landscaping. A subsurface irrigation system directs the water to the soil where it is needed. It is ideal for lawns, decorative plants and fruit trees; however it may not be suitable for irrigating vegetable gardens as a direct contact with the edible portion of the plant is not advised.

Greywater from a subsurface irrigation system should not be allowed to form puddles on the ground surface or run off, as it could contaminate water in nearby wells or become a breeding ground for insects.

When a greywater system is in place, only plant-friendly products should be used in the home. Harsh cleaning products that contain salt, chlorine bleach or other chemicals can damage soil and vegetation.

You can do your part for the environment while also saving money on your monthly water bills by adding a greywater system to your home. You can find out more by calling (951) 338-9844 to talk to the pros at 24-7 Plumbing and Drain.


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