‘Bringing green mainstream’ is what www.cleanlife.com.au is all about. This week their newsletter asks if people realise that about 60% of total waste water produced by the average household can be safely re-used around the house? Kristen Barker writes:
“What is greywater?
- Greywater includes any waste water that comes from showers, sinks/basins and the laundry
- It usually contains minimal amounts of nitrogen and bacteria, which is safe to use on some plants in the garden and for flushing down the toilet
- Kitchen and toilet waste water is called blackwater, as it contains bacteria which causes illness in humans
Why use greywater around the house?
- Water is a very limited resource, and using greywater allows us to reduce the amount of fresh water we consume
- Greywater is available all year round, and the average household produces up to 83,000L of greywater each year, so why not put it to good use!
- The WA government offers rebates of up to $500 or 50% (which ever is less) of the total purchase/installation cost for approved greywater re-use systems and products
- The quality of greywater varies greatly, and depends on what you wash down the drain
- To ensure you don’t pollute water of any kind, it is important to use natural or organic personal care products and detergents that are low in phosphorus and salt
- This is because toxic chemicals in many detergents and household products can pose a threat to ecosystems and groundwater supplies when they enter the water system
- Greywater should not be used if it is contaminated with washing detergent high in phosphorus and salt, bleaches, disinfectants, fats (from soap) or oils
- It is recommended that children and pets do not have access to greywater
- Pooling of water, over watering and spraying into the air may increase the spread of bacteria, so mulch should be used to minimise evaporation and reduce the health risk
- Greywater can only be used within the boundaries of the property in which it is produced, meaning all run-off must be contained
Save water and our waterways with these grey ideas……….
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The GardenAngel™ conditions grey water generated by your washing machine and produces garden-ready water. It’s economical, environmentally responsible, and unlike raw grey water, it will not harm your precious soil, plants or trees. PH is brought to a neutral range, salts are balanced up to 99.8% of phosphates are removed and water is finely filtered so it is suitable for use in a standard drip irrigation system. It has a small footprint, can be installed by the householder.
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Food for thought…