Install a grey water system for your home and enjoy the benefits of good hygiene, efficient energy use, good cleaning outcomes and an increase in the value of your home. The system you opt for can be a divergent one that does not do anything other than to appropriately redirect the water from your house to your garden or a tank for subsequent use in the backyard.
The other option is a divergent plus a treatment system that first cleans the water of common impurities and increases the number of things you can do with the water.
Benefits of a grey water system
Grey water systems make your home a green home compatible with other energy saving mechanisms used on the planet and sustainable resource use initiatives in the country. Grey water is precious for your garden and other non-drinking uses. For instance, it serves well as a source of irrigation water, helpful for young plants that need plenty of watering to keep the ground around them soft for easy penetration of their tender roots.
The reuse of water that would go to a public sewer system leads to water bill savings of up to 40%. Grey water is water that has already been paid for and letting it go ensures that there will be more clean water being taken from the water grid at a high cost. On the other hand, taking grey water and using it for general cleaning of garden furniture, irrigation on the lawn, cleaning of mud from tires on bikes and vehicles would be a good way to make savings that go a long way in improving the financial sustainability of a home and the family living in it. All the grey water used can be reused, which makes a simple home turn into a smart one regarding its water use.
A grey water system takes water from the bathroom sinks, baths and showers, and/or laundry then pumps after treatment to your garden at intervals that you set on the system. It can also take water from the kitchen when configured, although kitchen waste water is laden with grease and chemicals hence it being called dark grey water. The water coming out for garden use meets environmental requirements of local authorities and will keep you safe from violations of any environmental regulations that might be in place. This type of setup works well and will provide you with your own grey water, but there are some cautionary points to understand as follows
Things to avoid after installing greywater system in your home
Fruits and vegetables do not like much grey water because it is alkaline. The best way to increase the quality of grey water is by reducing the toxicity of detergents and soaps you use in the house. Another important point after fitting the system is to configure your pipe work for irrigation and drainage on your lawn and other areas such as a home garden to ensure the grey water is always used, and not allowed to leave without being put to good use. Lastly, a good maintenance schedule of equipment that comes with the system and the system itself improves its lifespan and enhances the value of the returns got from the initial investment.
Setting up your own grey water system can be as expensive and complicated or simple and cheap as you want to make it. Even if you only install a couple of rainwater barrels to collect water from the roof and maybe water from your bathroom and then use that water via a submersible pump and hosepipe to water plants in the garden, would mean that you are saving the water coming through your water meter, saving you money and helping the environement.
This is a good way to start if you are on a budget, and later you could upgrade to submersible tanks and a more comprehensive system and filters. But whatever your budget, get started as soon as possible, and feel good about your own grey water system.
Watch the video below where you can see how to set up your own basic system for around £65, or approximately $100.