GrayWater is waste water that is usually generated from household sinks and laundry. When directly recycled with the help of an on-site grey water recycling system, it can greatly help the environment and the general water infrastructure.
The first use of greywater comes in the form of household use. With the exception of kitchen sinks, it can be used for the purposes of flushing and washing cars and other household chores that involve water. This greatly reduces the need for water that comes from the city water supply, thereby reducing load on it. Because the greywater is being recycled at home rather than the local water treatment plant, it greatly reduces the burden on the treatment plant. What that means is that the plant has less water to purify and therefore will handle the water it has to treat more efficiently and effectively. That indirectly means that the local water treatment plant will supply cleaner water to homes, which will benefit those with gray water recycling systems as well.
Droughts have visible and short term consequences; some of which are given below:
- Plants start dying to lack of water, which cause dryness of vegetation in the region
- The water bodies dry up, and there is a decline in volume of water in streams and rivers
- The water in reservoirs also decreases, which causes the water levels in reservoirs to drop
- Increase of depth to water in wells
- Crop growth is also decreased due to lack of irrigation
- Dust bowls and dust storms occur, which cause further erosion in the region
Droughts also have some drastic long-term effects:
- They can cause the gradual or sudden sinking of the Earth’s surface. This happens due to the movement of the Earth’s materials in the subsurface when the groundwater resources are depleted. Loss of groundwater storage can also be caused due to this. This is known as land subsidence.
- Seawater intrusion is another long-term consequence of droughts. This occurs when there is a reversal of natural groundwater flows to the ocean, due to which seawater enters aquifer system. Because of this, the quality of groundwater is changed and compromised.
- The restoration projects for rivers and wildlife can also be decreased because of droughts.
- Dry vegetation, dry weathers, and dry climates can cause wildfires instantly when there is a spark – either by humans or by nature.
These are some of the methods by which you can prepare your household for droughts. Another way to prepare for the drought is to have a grey water system installed. Second Generation Water Solutions are the local specialists in laundry to landscape conversions, and make the installing of grey water systems really easy. This helps in recycling and reusing the grey water.
With the governors April announcement on mandatory water reductions local communities are asked to reduce their individual usage between 20 and 36%. How do you as a home owner help your community reach these goals.
Our simple recommendations.
Reduce the size of your lawn. This is the biggest culprit in Los Angeles and Orange county toward your irrigation usage.
Install a Laundry to landscape system. Depending on your irrigation levels you can save 15 to 40% on your water bills. A typical washer produces enough to regularly water 7 fruit trees!
Install a branched drain (shower system). This will double your water savings right there, and are typically an easy permit process.
Consider a rain catchment set up. Did you know that you can capture 20,000 gallons of water a year off your roof? This water can be stored and saved for later use.
Contact us for further details on what option (s) will work for your home.
There are a few things that need to be in your knowledge before the installation of a grey water system.
- If you don’t know how to work around pipes and plumbing, get an experienced plumber to install the system for you. Fortunately, 2G Water Solutions takes care of that! We’re your local specialists in laundry to landscape solutions.
- All the pipes need to be labeled correctly. It is very important to do so.
- Water coming from an outside tap should be filtered. This is to ensure that no toxins or dangerous chemicals enter the plants you intend to eat.
- Keep in mind the various costs that will incur after the installation of a grey water system. This mainly includes the maintenance cost of the pipes and filters.
- Make sure you check and clean the filters regularly.
- It is much easier to fit in a grey water system when you are renovating the bathroom.
- It is not only easy, but it is also much cheaper to install a grey water system when a house is being built.
Second Generation Water Solutions takes care of all these things for you. We help average homeowners play their part in the fight against West’s drought. Our services include various packages for the installation of a complete Laundry to Landscape solution.
In the previous post, we discussed some practices that need to be followed when installing a grey water system. Here are some more:
- There should be no spray irrigation connected to the grey water system.
- Grey water is not allowed to be stored anywhere (storage tank or tub). For it to be stored, the code requires filtration and a permit.
- The grey water system should be designed in such a way that it prevents any contact with humans and animals.
- There should be no potable water connection or a pump with the system. The pump in a washing machine is not a part of the grey water system.
- Grey water is not to be used for lawn irrigation. It is to be directed to irrigation basins only, which are 1 ft wide and 1 ft deep. Grey water can also be used to irrigate raised beds.
- The grey water system should be designed in such a way that it allows the user to direct the flow of water for irrigation, disposal, or the sewer. The direction control in the Laundry to Landscape (L2L) Schematic is called the “Three-Way Valve”.
- To further prevent humans and animals from coming in direct contact with the grey water, there is at least 2 inches of appropriate permeable cover (rock, soil, mulch etc) where grey water is used or released.
Second Generation Water Solutions follows these best practices when it comes to the installation of a grey water system. The Laundry to Landscape Solution can help fight California’s drought, and create a sustainable future for the next generations!
Here are a few of the best practices to be followed when installing a grey water system:
- The grey water should not get in contact with any roots of vegetable plantation or food.
- If grey water is not contained within the site where it is generated, it will be considered a nuisance and will be subjected to Code Enforcement action pursuant to City Code Section 1-3 “Administrative Review of Ordinance Violations.”
- Even though grey water is defined as all waste water except toilet water from the household, there are still some limitations as to what can enter the grey water system. Some of these are water wasted from cleaning car parts, washing diapers, and greasy oily rags. This is because of the dangerous chemicals in them.
- The waste water mentioned above should be diverted to the septic system. It should not be used for irrigation.
- The grey water system can only direct the water to a landscape area which should be appropriate for its use.
- Electrical and/or structural components of a building should not be affected by the grey water system.
2G (Second Generation) Water Solutions ensures the proper implementation of grey water systems. Second Generation Water Solutions are the local specialists in laundry to landscape conversions, and make the installing of grey water systems really easy. This helps in recycling and reusing the grey water more effectively.
As discussed earlier, there are a lot of differences between grey water and black water. And because of these differences, both should be treated differently. Grey water can be recycled within the household! The only requirement to do so is using a separate plumbing system from black water, so it can be processed, treated, and stored for reuse. However, even after treating it, grey water should not be stored for a long durations as the organic chemicals in it can putrefy the water. It is also never safe to drink.
Grey water can mainly be reused for irrigation, where it receives further filtration from the soil and plants. But first, it should be treated. Here are two systems through which it can be treated:
- Water can be recycled without purification. Water does not need to be as clean as potable water (drinking water) to be used in a lot of places. When it comes to agricultural and irrigational purposes, grey water can be recycled and reused without purification. The systems which recycle grey water without purifying them needs a supply of water. Special care must be taken so that no water stays in the system for more than 24 hours.
- Water is recycled with purification where potable water (drinking water) is required, and/or for other household tasks such as washing and showering. It can be done using mechanical systems of sand filtration and lava filtration. It can also be recycled using biological systems which have treatment ponds, living walls, and constructed wetlands. The two mentioned systems make use of the natural biological principles. Water can be recycled without the biological principles as well, using distillation and/or mechanical processes (reverse osmosis) to treat large volumes of grey water so that the water can be potable again.
A Laundry to Landscape System (L2L) can help recycle and reuse the grey water right in your house. The system installation is very inexpensive, and can help reuse the grey water by routing it back to the landscape to be used again. Its installation will not only save you money, but will also create a sustainable future for California!