If You Have a Grey Water System You Need to Read This
Grey water tanks are increasingly becoming a solution for homeowners wanting a way to decrease their water use. There are a number of things to take into consideration before investing in a new grey water system.
What Is a Grey Water System?
Grey water is ‘gently used’ water that is sent to a tank and then dispersed on your property rather than sent to the sewage system. This is an excellent way to reduce load on sewage systems, reduce your household water use, and recycle water when there are restrictions and shortages in place.
To make the system work well, there are some things a household has to do so that the system works faultlessly.
Be Careful What You Wash Down the Sink
Whatever you put down the sink will end up distributed throughout your property. So minimise washing grease and oils down the sink, food waste, and harsh chemicals. Use eco-positive cleaners and avoid harmful chemicals such as bleach. This goes for kitchen and bathroom cleaners, whatever products you use in the shower, and also clothes washing chemicals.
In particular, avoid boron and salts that can harm plants.
Don’t Use Greywater to Water Your Carrots and Potatoes
You need soil to filter the water and remove the impurities. A good rule of thumb is that you should never use greywater directly on the edible part of a fruit or vegetable. So avoid watering your leafy greens, your potatoes and carrots, and your strawberries. Ornamentals, fruit trees, and shrubs such as raspberries are all ideal candidates for greywater use. Lawns can be watered provided they are done so through underground drip tubing.
Use the Water Straight Away
If the water in your grey system sits for more than 24 hours, it turns black and becomes odorous due to bacteria growth. Prompt use of the water ensures this won’t happen.