The world is slowly running out of usable water and we need ways to reuse and conserve it. There are many ways that we have the ability as a society to do this. One way is reusing our grey water, which is all the wastewater that drains out of your bathtub, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines. Thousands of gallons of water are being thrown out each year because of this. Reusing this water could help save hundreds of gallons of water each year per person, and if there was a mass effort by your local city, state, and country, this could save the world millions and millions gallons of water, as well as money and resources.
One way to help this water crisis is using our grey water to water our plants, trees, and gardens, and reusing for other purposes. Although, when using grey water, there are a couple things we have to lookout for when reusing this water. It is essential that there is no bleach, dye, cleanser or toxins in the water before it is directly reused. In addition, there are natural products that are better for the plants and gardens.
There are a couple of basic guidelines when using greywater:
1. Don’t store you greywater for more than 24 hours because the nutrients will break down and create bad odors and toxins.
2. Keep the greywater system as simple as possible.
3. Infiltrate greywater into the ground, do not allow it to pool up or run off.
Grey water must be manually diverted to be properly used. Most grey water goes to sewage just like all other waters, and it becomes unusable.
Grey water is not all comparable. Sink water and dishwasher water can contain unusable water due to pathogens that are harbored in the pipes and taken from the dishes and materials washed. The water that is not usable is considered black water.
Another way to save water is by capturing what some people call “warm-up water.” This is the water that is often wasted when people turn on their sink, shower, tub, or other source while waiting for the water to be warmed up before use. If this water is regularly captured, this can save tons of water from being wasted.
Now, how do we use this grey water effectively? You can replumb some of the pipes to manually eject the grey water into buckets for reuse. This requires a lot of know how and effort, and usually professional help. You can catch some of the water directly in buckets, particularly the warm up water.
Finally, like stated in a previous write-up, “Where Does My Water Come From?” the use of rain barrels is a very effective way to catch water throughout the year. Many of these rain barrels are designed to capture the water that falls from your roof and gutters, and creates a large storage of water than be reused for watering plants, gardens, putting out fires, and other purposes.
Stay environmentally conscious people, we all share this Earth together!