Episode #17 – Reusing Greywater

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Rhett’s in the kitchen this week showing off some simple ways that we reuse water in the home. Greywater, or the water coming out of (non-kitchen) sink drains, washing machine drains, and shower drains, is ripe for reuse and constitutes 50-80% of household waste water. Just through the simple application of “bucket and spout”, it’s possible to water significant portions of your garden or even flush your toilets.

The simple methods shown here are motivational examples and they’re only the tip of the iceberg. For more ideas, check out our resources and show notes:

  • The Greywater Guerrillas – activists for greywater reuse and recycling. This site is ripe with projects and ideas for homes of all sizes.
  • WVU on Greywater – Great rules for the safe handling and use of greywater.
  • Colorado State on Greywater – A moredetailed coverage of greywater handling. It also mentiones rainwater harvesting.
  • New Mexico State University – The basics of New Mexico’s laws on greywater. Also has an excellent coverage of safe handling guidelines.
  • Greywater irrigation – Stats on greywater production, use, and pollution. It also includes material on greywater treatment options.

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  1. Revlog- Greentime How To: Simple Greywater Recycling at Ryan Is Hungry said,

    October 26, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    [...] It’s really exciting to see other videobloggers exploring sustainable, green practices and documenting it! Rhett and Amy from Greentime show us how to simply recycle some of the water we tend to waste. I’m totally getting a bucket for the bath tub now! [Original Link] [...]

  2. M.R. Weaver said,

    December 9, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

    Also check out Ocean Arks International, a group that sets up artificial wetlands to clean waste water and poisoned lakes, ponds, canals etc. http://www.oceanarks.org/

    It’s amazing how easy it is to reuse and recycle! Now if I could convince my roommates…

  3. grace said,

    July 13, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

    Good job Rhett! Like the bucket flush. I always feel guilty about the waste of water while watching the shower water run down the drain while I wait for it to heat but now I will simply run less and catch it in a bucket! Thanks!

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