Water Plants With Your Air Conditioner. Did you ever notice that your central air conditioner has a hose that connects to the drain?
I never really thought about it until one night I almost tripped because ours went across the basement floor. I cut the hose and placed a trash can there to collect the water... I figured that I would just dump it each day. I was surprised the next day to find that it had filled the trash can and made a fair sized puddle on the floor, and quite a mess with a stack of papers that was sitting there. Greywater - What It Is, How To Treat & Use It.
Recycling Greywater + Biodegradable Soaps — COMET CAMPER. Grey Water (also spelled greywater, graywater, gray water) What is grey water?
Any washwater that has been used in the home, except water from toilets, is called grey water. Dish, shower, sink, and laundry water comprise 50-80% of residential "waste" water. This may be reused for other purposes, especially landscape irrigation. (This is the definition common in Europe and Australia. Free Books: Water Sanitation Books. Reed Bed System & Composting Toilets. One of the characteristics that separates 21st century homo sapiens from the other species with which we share the planet is that we relentlessly take from the natural world but seldom give back.
The flawed economic system by which we imagine we sustain our lives places a commercial value on the planet’s resources but not an ecological one. It is almost a cliché now to say that when we throw our waste away, there actually is no away but only someone else’s door step or some other life form’s habitat. But raised awareness does not seem to have reduced our disposable habits.
Our dilemma is that we must consume natural resources to live, yet these resources are finite and many are rapidly depleting. We have belatedly begun to re-cycle but far from enough. In Paris and London and other European cities, it was once common to gather night soil - what Joseph Jenkins calls ‘humanure’ - to be returned to the land. Building a Reed-Bed Waste Water Purification System ‘Humanure’ Compost In English: Reed Beds & Grey Water. How To Build A Greywater Filter For $30 Or Less. My wife, of course, likes to take baths. My son is afraid of the shower so he takes baths. I try to conserve water wherever I can and even take a 5 Gallon Bucket into the shower with me to collect the water when it’s heating up, and while I’m lathering up (5th paragraph down in the post). In a way I am a bit hypocritical in the sense that I have a pool, and pools aren’t eco-friendly or promote water conservation. Biological DIY Greywater System (With No Reedbeds)
Our criteria for building the greywater system for the tinyhouse was pretty simple: cheap, made from readily available materials, and effective.
We also wanted to use the outputs to irrigate a grove of important fruit trees, as water is very precious here, especially in a dry year. After many, many hours of research on systems involving reed beds, infiltration trenches, fancy UV zappers and all the rest, we decided, on the advice of permaculture and greywater specialist Ross Mars, to keep it simple, and let the biology do the work. Laundry To Landscape Graywater Systems; Design & Parts.
Complete information from the original inventors by Art Ludwig We originated the Laundry to Landscape Greywater System and published it unpatented into the public domain in 2008 for the good of all.
This site has the most up-to-date, reliable, and complete information, and is the source of much of the info replicated on tens of thousands of other pages on "Laundry to Landscape. " Please help the quality of information on this system and support our continued research by "liking" and linking to us, getting our instructional DVD or book, and encouraging organizations that have not done so to credit us as a source of original information on this topic--thanks! Washing Machine Greywater Resources. Pantyhose filter For those of you attending our Wednesday night greywater workshop at Good and for those of you who can’t, here’s a list of resources for using your washing machine as a irrigation source: The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems by Art Ludwig.
This is the bible of greywater. Follow Ludwig’s instructions and you can’t go wrong. Ludwig’s open source Laundry to Landscape system. DIY Reedbed. The reed bed is really just a pond filled with gravel of different sizes with reeds growing on the surface.
We built our DIY reed bed from the broken concrete we had from our work on the property, bedded together with mud and with turfs on the outer walls. Our reed bed is raised above ground to give enable to outflow to enter the pond at the right level. Constructed wetland. Vertical flow type of constructed wetlands A constructed wetland or wetpark is an artificial wetland created as a new or restored habitat for native and migratory wildlife, for anthropogenic discharge such as wastewater, stormwater runoff, or sewage treatment, for land reclamation after mining, refineries, or other ecological disturbances such as required mitigation for natural areas lost to a development.
Biofiltration Newly planted constructed wetland Same constructed wetland, two years later Vegetation in a wetland provides a substrate (roots, stems, and leaves) upon which microorganisms can grow as they break down organic materials. Wetlands types See also General application below Natural wetlands Constructed Wetlands (Reedbeds) - US EPA. Envirosink - Graywater Recycling. 10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water. We like the concept behind this.
Small space apartment dwellers would appreciate the utility of having a washing machine option in their bathroom (we know we would). But then again, the toilet in the concept photo above looks like it's giving a piggyback ride to a reject from The Transformers. The "Washup" concept is a sustainable and space saving water consumption device that reuses wasted water from the clothes washing cycle for toilet flushing later (hopefully not at the same time...do your load before dropping it).
We just worry we'd accidentally lose socks in the toilet while loading and emptying the machine above. Ingenuity gets an all new meaning in designer Andrew Leinonen's simple yet very powerful Filterbrella concept. Create An Off The Grid Source Of Water. For any off-the-gridder or survivalist, having a safe, adequate, and reliable source of water is just about as basic as it gets.
Water independence is the clear goal for all who want to be prepared for all contingencies, and digging your own well is the obvious way to set yourself up in anticipation of a time when utility companies can no longer be relied upon to supply vital services to their customers. But digging a traditional well is not the only option. There is another type of well that is perfectly capable of providing sufficient supplies of fresh, clean, potable water to meet the needs of most households, especially if at least a degree of water conservation is practiced.
Driven-point wells are a convenient and affordable alternative, and in most instances they can be installed without the use of expensive or complicated equipment, which can make them an amazing project for the hands-on type who prefers the do-it-yourself approach. Installing a Driven-Point Well: The Basics.