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What Can Greywater Be Used For?
One-third of household wastewater can be reused as greywater to water the landscape, plants, and fruit trees and this saves money.
Simply put, greywater systems are systems where water can be transferred from inside of your home to the outside of your home and used for other alternatives that involve water.
It’s super simple if you’re building a house you can obviously throw in an extra tank for greywater. If your not you can obviously use wash water as long as you’re using the correct laundry detergent.
Sink water and toilet water, of course, need to go straight to the sewer or septic.
Re-Using The Water That Washes Your Clothes
You have a lot of water exiting your washing machine when it’s finished and this water can be repurposed.
You could just let the water flow down the drain and never see it again or you could channel that same water so that it can be used outside.
This water is excellent for watering a garden or a lawn. But as mentioned earlier the ingredients in the laundry detergent you normally use could be harmful to your plants and your soil.
Ecos laundry detergent is a good soap to use. The key thing you want to look out for is a laundry detergent that doesn’t have any salt or sodium in it.
Salt can build up in your soil and most plants can’t handle high levels of salt. There are many sodium-free greywater safe laundry detergents on the market. Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent is another one.
Most of these soaps are only available in liquid form but the key thing is that you use a sodium-free soap. You can pick up the Ecos brand of soap at a local Walmart store.
A Toilet Flushing Hack That Saves Water
Catch the excess water in your shower and instead of throwing it away reuse it to flush your toilet. The only tool required is a bucket.
Every toilet is different, some require more water while others require less but any toilet that you dump some greywater in will flush itself.
You don’t have to flush using the handle and waste all of that potable water.
Once water becomes what is known as blackwater waste water which is water containing feces and urine, obviously you don’t want to reuse that water.
This water needs to go down your house’s main drain pipe to the sewer and ultimately to the wastewater treatment plant.
Reusing greywater not only saves water but is also an awesome feeling when you’re able to get a double usage from your wastewater, once when you wash your clothes and another when you set your plants to be fed by this nutrient rich water.