Today’s topic is Grey water. What exactly is grey water, you may ask? The simple answer is the somewhat clean water that remains left over after a bath, from your dishes, or washing machine. It’s all the water that just goes down the drain after you use it. Luckily, the world is beginning to understand that this water we let go has plenty of use left in it! Let’s explore its uses!
How Can I Use Grey water?
Obviously, we wouldn’t drink the grey water or wash in it again. Then what could it possibly be used for? The number one answer for this is to water your plants! Grey water provides an amazing alternative to using perfectly clean water from your hose to douse your plants in. Not only does this help, little by little, in saving the Earth, it assists in saving on your water bill each month as well.
What is Warm-up Water?
This is related to grey water in the sense that it basically comes before the grey. Have you ever stood in the shower for more than a minute, cowering in the corner from the icy-cold stream spewing from the faucet? This water, the water you’re avoiding until it gets warmer, is warm-up water. Catch it in a large bowl as you wait, and save it for reuse!
Greywater Can Be Incorporated into Your Home’s Water System.
Assuming it’s allowed in your home (by the rule of a complex or city), the possibility of adding and maintaining a grey water system in your home is a perfectly viable option. There are ways to tweak your plumbing to create a grey water catch – whether you want to do this with your tub, sink, or washing machine is entirely up to you. In the most simplistic terms, you would be detaching your pipes from simply releasing the water as waste, and instead catch it in a bucket to use as you please.