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Greywater Recycling
Recycling greywater reduces the burden on urban sewage treatment and protects a dwindling natural resource. Greywater refers to untreated, gently used water waste from bathroom faucets, bathtubs, showers and clothes washers that is otherwise directed to the sewer, and even rainwater applications not typical to landscape usage. The water has not come into contact with contaminated sources such as toilet waste, kitchen sink or dishwasher waste. Greywater is captured, treated and reused.

Greywater must be treated and disinfected before storage and reuse, to reduce the number of pathogens that spread disease and begin to turn septic and smell. Watering restrictions typically do not apply for grey water irrigation.

Greywater recycling can be a costly venture, and the economic benefits are not immediately seen. However, as utilities and water costs continue to rise, and our environment continues to deteriorate, the long term benefits, both economically and environmentally, will become evident. Other benefits include reducing fresh water use... when the weather warms up, almost half of the water consumed by the average household is for outdoor use. By capturing greywater for use outdoors, homeowners can cut water usage in half.

    However, there are a few drawbacks to consider. If you soil is either too permeable or not permeable enough, you may not be able to recycle your greywater, or you may need a system with some modifications. You will also need enough soil to process the greywater and enough plants to use it. If it’s too wet to benefit from irrigating with greywater, there may be a better way to dispose of it. If it’s too cold, you will only be able to recycle in the warmer months (the heat in the greywater may be more valuable than the water itself)..Health concerns are often cited as the reason for not allowing greywater recycling, although there has never been a documented case of somebody becoming sick as a result of exposure. One last consideration is actual water use. If you have small flow uses, then a greywater recycling system may not be economically sound for you. On the other hand, if you have large flow, you may require a more complex system, which comes at a significantly higher price.

    Talk to us today about any greywater questions, or to book a free estimate.