Grey water recycling is the term used to describe the recycling of water from your washing machine, basins, shower and bath for use in your garden. Waste water from these sources is diverted to a filtration system and then to holding tank. It is then pumped for use in your garden.
The system eliminates the need for most households (depending on garden size) for additional garden watering from your main water supply. An average household (family of 4) will use between 200-300 litres of reusable water on a daily basis.
What you need to know:
- Total water consumption can reduced by up approximately 30%
- A payback period of two years is achievable
- It is not advisable to use your kitchen water as this is damaging to plant life because of the fat content
- The diluted residues, soaps etc in the water can provide useful sulphates and nitrates which some experts say is more beneficial to the garden than clean tap water
- Water is typically pumped to the point of need by a small pump system
- The system can easily be connected to your existing irrigation system
- The filter is easy to clean and maintain
- Storage tanks can be below or above ground
- DIY kits are available from most suppliers