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Common Greywater Mistakes and Preferred Practices

Common Greywater Mistakes and Preferred Practices | APES: Gray Water Uses, Technologies | Scoop.it
An effort to counter the tidal wave of grey water misinformation on the web. Popular greywater system designs that don't yield good results are described.
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A graph on gray water

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This graph details the use of gray water in various forms in the household. Most gray water comes from the toilet and showers. The least comes from cleaning. 

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A diagram on gray water

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Gray Water can form in the shower or washing machine. It then travels through a filter into either the lawn or the sewer.

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Some plants thrive on gray water, study says

Some plants thrive on gray water, study says | APES: Gray Water Uses, Technologies | Scoop.it
Many plants used for landscaping benefit from being watered with household gray water, according to a study released Monday by the nonprofit organization Water Environmental Research Foundation.
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Our Scoop on Gray Water

Gray Water (also spelled greywater) is wastewater that is generated from household activites, such as dishwashing, laundry, and showering. It can be recycled for use in irrigation. It gets its name from the cloudy appearance it has, which is in between fresh (white) water and sewage (black) water.

 

Gray water is easy to recycle, especially compared to black water, since it has low levels of pollution. Still, it is never safe for human consumption. Its major uses include irrigation, heat reclamation, and groundwater recharge. It is also helpful for plant growth due to nutrient reclamation.

 

The government of the US has recently been regulation gray water. This is due to the fact that there is now widespread awareness of the risk factors of gray water. Legally, it is defined as “sewage” in some areas, and so it experiences many restrictions on use. The US adopted the International Plumbing Code, which governs the use of this and other types of water.

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Gray Water

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Gray Water going down a shower drain

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Water-Saving Technologies | WaterSense | US EPA

Water-Saving Technologies | WaterSense | US EPA | APES: Gray Water Uses, Technologies | Scoop.it

In addition to following simple steps to watering wisely, using water-efficient technologies can make a big difference in keeping your home irrigation system running efficiently without a lot of effort on your part.

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