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grey water from the RV--good or bad

Postby rick12 » Apr 19, 2008 11:34 am

grey water from the RV contains soaps etc from the shower, (not the kitchen sink)
is greywater ok on the garden--would it hurt the perenials/
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Postby sunkeeper » Apr 19, 2008 4:39 pm

Yes it is okay to use greywater from handwashing sinks, tubs and showers for your garden.
http://www.umassgreeninfo.org/fact_sheets/plant_culture/gray_water_for_gardens.htmlGrey water
Water which has been used previously —
dishwasher, humidifier, laundry — may offer an
excellent alternative to treated municipal water for
outdoor watering needs. Apply to the soil at the
base of plants, but avoid using grey water that
contains borax or bleach — and, never use water
from the toilet. Also, check with your municipality
about regulations concerning the use of grey water
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Postby rick12 » Apr 19, 2008 8:13 pm

thanks sunkeeper
good link :D
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Postby Lindamct » Apr 20, 2008 9:12 am

Sunkeeper, gr8 link. I may revert back to doing this again. Did it years ago when I had no plumbing at my cabin! With the global warming more widespread to the northeast, it may be necessary to be more frugal in how we dispose of our precious waters. Thanks for posting this! :)
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Postby Stonetown Gardner » Apr 20, 2008 10:01 am

I am very interested in trying to figure out how to use grey water on my gardens... we have an old roll up to the sink dish washer, the best idea I can come up with is sticking a bucket under the tap when it drains back in to the sink.... any better ideas out there? I know you can install greywater systems in the house, but that's not financially realistic at this time.
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Postby rick12 » Apr 20, 2008 11:17 am

we are going to divert the water through the wall into rainbarrels
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Postby Rupietoot » Apr 23, 2008 10:50 am

Just be careful using water from the dishwasher - most dishwasher soaps contain phosphates which may not be great for the garden. I would check this out first. There are a few companies coming out with phosphate free soaps for dishwashers now but check on the box of the detergent (sp??) you are using to see if it contains phosphate.

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Postby A Closet Canuck » Apr 24, 2008 9:19 am

lindamct wrote:Sunkeeper, gr8 link. I may revert back to doing this again. Did it years ago when I had no plumbing at my cabin! With the global warming more widespread to the northeast, it may be necessary to be more frugal in how we dispose of our precious waters. Thanks for posting this! :)


PLUS, the gray water ends up recharging the ground water rather than going directly to a treatment plant and into a river.
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Postby rick12 » Apr 24, 2008 9:41 pm

plan is for water from the shower and wash basin only--no dishwasher and no kitchen water.

great article sunkeeper
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