How to Make Grey Water System for Washing Machine on the homestead with just a few inexpensive materials and a couple hours of time.
Grey water is water that is drained from a bathroom sink, shower, tub or washing machine but this never a toilet (that is black water). Grey water can contain traces of grease, food, dirt, hair and liquid from certain household cleaning or hygiene products. Even though grey water may looks “dirty” it is a beneficial and safe source of irrigation water in homesteading landscaping. Grey water that releases into rivers, lakes or estuaries naturally flows among plants and wildlife slowly filtering out impurities. It is obvious that saving grey water is beneficial (along with the money for your water bill), but also by reusing your grey water and keeping it from overwhelming sewers or septic systems. Grey water reused for irrigation reconnects urban residents and backyard gardens to the natural water cycle.
The easiest way to lead grey water into the yard is by making a way for the water with pvc pipes. Guiding it directly outside and use it to water ornamental plants or fruit trees. Grey water can be used to irrigate vegetable plants as long as you use Earth friendly cleaning and hygiene products that may find it’s way into the water in very small amounts. In a greywater system, it is essential to use plant friendly products, without salt, baron or chlorine bleach. Any of these can and will damage the plant once built up in the soil.
For residential grey water systems, simple designs are the best. With simple systems you are not able to send grey water into an existing drip irrigation system, but have to shape your landscape so you allow water to drain into the soil. Simple low-tech systems are recommended that use gravity whenever possible instead of pumps.
People promote grey water reuse as a way to increase productivity of sustainable backyard ecosystems that produce food, clean water and shelter wildlife. Systems as such, recover valuable waste products grey water, household compost and reconnect their human inhabitants to ecological cycles.
More complex systems are suited for multi-family, commercial and industrial scale systems. Such systems can treat and reuse large volumes of water. They play a role in water conversion in dense urban household developments, food processing and manufacturing facilities, universities and schools, and public buildings. Complex systems are often designed by an engineer due to the systems needing pumps and filtration, expensive to install and may require maintenance.