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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Grey Water

First off, let me steal the definition from wikipedia..
Greywater is wastewater generated from domestic activities such as laundry, dishwashing, and bathing, which can be recycled on-site for uses such as landscape irrigation and constructed wetlands. Greywater differs from water from the toilets which is designated sewage or blackwater to indicate it contains human waste.   Greywater gets its name from its cloudy appearance and from its status as being between fresh, potable water (known as "white water") and sewage water ("black water"). In a household context, greywater is the leftover water from baths, showers, hand basins and washing machines only. Some definitions of greywater include water from the kitchen sink. Any water containing human waste is considered black water.
Since I have yet to incorporate this into my home, I will be link sharing, hope you don't mind  :)

Rain Barrels & Greywater Diversion

Now, for places like Memphis that don't get near enough rain in the summer, I think this is a wonderfully awesome idea!  We are checking around with locals who have similar systems and comparing prices for different materials. Over the next couple months as we get beds positioned and dug, I will be posting picture/video updates of the progress. I'm hoping for a mister and underground soaker system.  Am I ambitious?  YES!  Will I find a way to get it done on my non-existent budget?  YOU BET!!

Do you reuse greywater or know anyone who does? Have some great resources to share with us? Please post them!!!!


  1. Interesting set up- I do not have a greywater system....actually not sure if town regulations allow it. I do try to utilize the rainwater though!

  2. Do you know of any plumbers in the Memphis area who would install a greywater system and incinerator or compost toilet in a portable building converted into a living space? Thank you, Brian