Home The Drunken Botanist | North Coast Journal | Humboldt County The North Coast Journal Weekly Browse News Browse Music Browse Arts + Scene Browse Eat + Drink Browse Life + Outdoors Browse Calendar Browse Blogs Browse Classifieds The Drunken Botanist More » Archives find it Events Nightlife Movie Times Eat + Drink Directory the most Read | Commented No Stories Yet. Top Tags inEat+Drink Food Beer chicken Meat pie socialize Facebook | Twitter week by week In Print This Week: Apr 10, 2014 vol XXV issue 15 Unsealed Digital Edition guides © 2014 The North Coast Journal Weekly Website powered by Foundation humboldt www.austinchronicle.com/issues/spec/greenbuild/greywater.html Greywater by Suzy Banks Thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens are greywater hoodlums. You know who you are, with your washing machine draining onto your lawn or your bathtub water drenching your prized petunias. It's an irrigation source that's hard to resist, especially during droughts and water rationing, but it isn't as benign as many people suppose. According to Jim Fulton, an engineering associate with the Austin-Travis County Health Department, there's still a chance of bacterial contamination from typical greywater sources: showers and tubs, bathroom sinks, and washing machines. The majority of greywater systems - the engineered, legal kind - that Fulton and company encounter and approve are for properites west of town not serviced by city sewage. This doesn't mean you can't have a safe and legal greywater system in the middle of town. The most easily understood descriptions of greywater treatment that I've found are in the book Homing Instincts by John Connell. Resources:
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How to grow great gardens, home backyard gardening plants, seed catalog PBS: Public Broadcasting Service Greywater Elimination of greywater Domestic wastewater is usually combined at the sewer, so that grey- and blackwaters are removed together using a shared sewerage system in a process called elimination. Sewage water can then be treated to limit pollution and health risks, before being returned to the environment at large. Most greywater ends up as effluent in rivers and oceans in this way. There are other alternatives to eliminating greywater that allow for efficient use; using it to irrigate plants is a common practice. The plants use contaminants of greywater, such as food particles, as nutrients in their growth. Recycling Underground Grey Water Recycling Tank Most greywater is easier to treat and recycle than blackwater, because of lower levels of contaminants. Systems At present, several water recycling systems exist which can be used to: recycle the water without purifying itrecycle the water while purifying or decontaminating it Water recycling with purification
Gardening Guides Your Year Around Gardening Help and Resource Home 5 Best Flowering Perennials for Austin — J Peterson Garden Design We all know that fall is the best time to plant perennials, right? So if you’re an Austin gardener and you’ve suffered through the Summer of Hell ’11 (we should have T-shirts made), you might be reconsidering what plants to put in the ground now. They’ve gotta be tough, drought tolerant, relatively pest-and-disease free, and oh yeah—really, really pretty! Mexican Bush Sage: (Salvia leucantha) Truly one of my favorites! What are your favorite flowering plants for Austin? You might also enjoy these articles: Tagged as: Austin perennials, batface cuphea, drought tolerant plants, globe mallow, Mexican bush sage, Mexican mint marigold, perennials, xeriscaping, yellow bells
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