This is a gray water treatment system. Photo courtesy of Carl Seville.
By Carl Seville, Networx
Most of us realize that water is a scarce resource and are looking for ways to use less of it in our homes. We need water to drink, for cooking, cleaning, flushing toilets, and, unless we are into xeriscaping, irrigation. We can save water by using more efficient fixtures, taking shorter showers, fixing leaks, and being more careful about how we use it. We can reuse water by capturing both rainwater, and gray water - the stuff that goes down the drains in our bathrooms sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines.
It is possible to clean and filter gray water and reuse it both inside our homes and for irrigation, but it takes effort to do it right and it comes with challenges. First, we need to distinguish gray water from black water - the waste from kitchen sinks, dishwashers, and toilets. Black water can't be reused in our homes until it is fully treated and sanitized in a sewage treatment plant, something that most of us don't have in our back yards. GrayRead More »from Gray Water Systems: Good Idea or Bad Mistake?