What is Gray Water?
Gray water is waste water from toilets, bathtubs, shower drains, sinks, washing machines and dishwashers, that can be reused for irrigation and other water conservation practices.
What is a Gray water system?
When a gray water system is implanted in a residential home, it can be highly effective in conserving fresh water, energy and cost.
Is Reusing Gray Water Safe?
Reusing filtered gray water is safe for land irrigation, lawn care, or to irrigate trees. Most farmers don't use gray water for food crops because of the chemicals that are in gray water. The use of gray water may potentially replace other water sources used for landscape irrigation. Filtered gray water is most known for subsurface irrigation and non-edible landscape plants.
Reusing gray water is not safe for drinking and cooking because it may contain chemicals that are harmful to humans. Gray water should not be used in spray form because it may release harmful chemicals in the air.
Gray water contains soaps and detergent, which can affect plants. The waste water from showers or bathroom sinks contains only a small amount of soaps and has few solid residues. Water from the kitchen sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher is considered water from sewage systems because of high concentration of organic waste and the difficulties of reusing this water safely.
How much does a Gray Water Recycling System Cost?
The cost of a gray water system for your home depends on the size of your home, and the complexity of the gray water recycling system. One of the most common methods of reusing gray water is to recycle washing machine rinse water back into the washer for reuse. Complex gray water systems treat gray water prior to disposal using settling tanks and sand filters to remove chemicals and pollutants.
If you have a gray water recycling system, periodically check your plants for evidence of over watering or damage from organic material in gray water.
Difference between Gray water and Black water?
Black water is the term to describe raw sewage from toilets.
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