Grey Water For Green Gardencomments (0) January 24th, 2014 in gallery
Grey water comes from your bathroom sinks, tubs and showers.
Basically, it hasn't come into contact with any toxic waste that the plants you are going to water won't be able to absorb and filter. It may contain food grease, hair, dirt of household cleaning products, therefore, you should avoid direct contact with it. However, it is distinguished from the more contaminated "black" water which has been contaminated with excrements from the toilets.In many cultures around the world the black and grey water is mixed together in a single domestic waste-water stream. Yet, as pressures on fresh-water resources grow, more and more people turn to alternative ways of finding water for everyday need.
Separating these two streams of waste-water will benefit you in many ways. First of all, you are going to be able to water your garden even during hosepipe ban. Secondly, you are going to save a lot in terms of your water bill. In addition, it is the environmental way to reuse every possible household waste.
Even though some claim that installing grey water utilities may pose eventual threat to you and your family members, the increasing usage of such installations speaks for itself. Furthermore, even the worst shortfalls in grey water designs rarely cause any harm. Let's just take a look at the numbers: For every hundred grey water users 15 get the best of the system, eighty or so are on the right track and only a few system give overall negative results.
The easiest way to use grey water is to pipe it directly outside and water decorative flowers or fruit trees. Although some are against it, grey water can also be used for watering vegetables. You just have to be careful that the water itself doesn't touch the edible parts of the plants.
There are a few more things you need to know before using grey water on your plants. For once, it should be applied directly on the roots and not with a sprinkler, so that it wouldn't have any contact with the above-ground parts of the plants. Use grey water only on well-established plants and not seedlings since they can't filter the waste ingredients.
Experts recommend that you disperse grey water over a large area and rotate it with clear water in order to avoid build-up of dangerous amounts of sodium salts. It is best if you water only flat areas where run-offs are unlikely.If you oblige these simple safety rules, you will be able to maintain your garden and do it in the most environment-friendly way.
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