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Reuse Your Gray Water

Primary treatment of wastewater

2017 is shaping up to be a remarkably wet year! Records are being set from Seattle, Washington to Buffalo, New York; a historic draught in California has finally ended in all but four of the state?s counties. But even with this sudden deluge, there was those who fear that the world might soon see a shortage of water.
But there are a number of simple step available to help us curb water shortages. One of the simplest methods is to recycling your gray water at home, instead of relying on traditional wastewater treatment technologies.

What is Grey Water

There are two main types of wastewater. Black water contains fecal matter and other contaminants, and is not suitable for reuse, even with the most advanced wastewater treatment technologies.
Gray water is wastewater that contain no waste matter; it?s sullage, not sewage. The best sources of wastewater that is considered gray is your shower, your sink, and your clothes and dish washers. This gray water contains fewer of the sort of things that can cause an illness it is safer to use form home waste water treatment.

What Would You Use Grey Water For?

The safest uses for recycled gray water in indirect ways for tasks like irrigating your garden, flushing your toilet, water your lawn. This allows you to practice environmentally responsible practice and have a healthy garden, our a lush green lawn.

How Do You Make Gray Water Safe?

There are a number of wastewater management treatments, some which are best left to the professionals at the wastewater management plant, others you can implement at home.

The first step is to make sure you use only plant friendly cleaning products. If the water contains too much salt or chlorine bleach, then you risk damaging plants.

The next step is to decide where you will collect the gray water from, and how to distribute it. The best system allows you to simply run your sink faucet, for instance, and the water will drain straight out and be distributed in your yard. But you can also have it drain into a container as long as you empty the contents daily.

The final step is to decide if you want to filter the gray water? A general rule of thumb is the more likely a human or animal is to encounter the gray water, the more advance wastewater treatment technologies you will need.

But Why?

For one thing, it will help to reduce your water bill. But on a lager scale, the United States produces over thirty billion gallons of wastewater daily! And of that, only 10% is intentionally reused. It?s important that all of us do our part, even if it?s only taking the water

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