Water Storage - storing GreyWater - Grey Water tank
First of all some serious warnings about storing Greywater.
There can be very serious health risks involved in storing Greywater and the risks vary due to what is present in the water (eg nappy washing, washing pets, disposing of household chemicals) and the exposure to the outside environment ,( eg disease carrying mosquitoes, flies, vermin etc).
So here are some suggestions to consider before you even think about storing your Greywater:
- Do not store your greywater anywhere that can be accessed by children or animals.
- it is highly recommended that greywater is not stored for more than 24 hours.
- Do not under any circumstances store your greywater in tanks that will be storing rainwater.
- Do not allow your greywater to flow from your property or into storm water drainage systems.
- If you have an excess of greywater, make sure it flows back into the proper system eg: septic, sewage.
- It is advisable not to use your greywater to water vegetables especially ones that will not be cooked.
Grey Water Storage
For many years the idea of using the Wheelie Bin for water storage, both for rainfall and greywater, has been extensively put into practice. I bet the two that we lost from our Garbage collections went to this use :-)
The concept has been put to good use by one company who have come up with a complete package and they call it the "Home Water Bowser" ( this has to be an Aussie company).
The idea is to collect the greywater from your washing machine, showers, baths and basins, etc and then after some filtering you can use it on your garden.
A powerful 550 Watt submersible pump is included in the Bowser and will provide a reasonable pressure. Included in the package is a hose and nozzle and an external filter.
The motor is turned
on and off automatically by a float switch. The pump can also be used for rainwater. The lid has a stainless steel inlet for accepting diverted rainwater from your downpipes!
Notice, it is in the Lilac color, which in Australia is used for recycled water and must never be used as potable water.
Filtering using Mother Nature' method
A more natural way of filtering is by using the same methods that make natural rivers and streams clean… even considering that they collect their water from many square miles of catchment area. Things such as dirt, worms, and faecal matter. Beneficial bacteria break down these nasties into water-soluble plant food, and it is consumed by the plants, leaving us with pure water.
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