3 Ways That Greywater Recycling Decreases Home Water Bills
Clean, fresh drinking water is a precious commodity that is at risk of becoming scarce. Although the supply of fresh water on earth has not changed significantly over the last several centuries, the population on the planet and the rate of water consumption has since exploded. It's true that close to 70% of the planet's surface is covered with water.
However, only 2 ½% of it is fresh water, and 1% of that is conveniently within reach. The remaining fresh water is frozen in glaciers and ice fields.
Meanwhile, most Americans consume hundreds of gallons of water every day. Much of the water we send down our drains is relatively clean and could be useful for use where potable water is not required. By retaining this water and directing it for other uses, you can reduce your water consumption costs and make your home more environmentally friendly.
Recycling Water in Your Home
In very much the same way that sorting recyclable materials can prevent it from being directed to landfills and putting it to productive use instead, the same can be achieved with the wastewater from your home by separating greywater and blackwater. Blackwater is water from your toilet, whereas greywater, which is water from sinks, baths, and showers, isn't as significantly contaminated. Despite looking dirty and containing grease, hair, soap and other materials, greywater can still be a great source for irrigation.
Greywater Recycling Systems
Greywater systems are designed to gather used water from showers, sinks, and bathtubs and store it for a short time. The water is filtered before being redirected to subsurface irrigation systems. Excess greywater is automatically discarded through the sewage system to avoid stagnation.
The addition of a greywater system necessitates the installation of separate plumbing lines to collect greywater and blackwater in your home.
Important Greywater Safety Tips
The use of grey water for irrigation around your home is perfectly safe if you follow certain guidelines. Greywater has a greater chance of containing bacteria that can lead to waterborne pathogens; so direct contact with it should be avoided.
Water from your subsurface infiltration system should not be allowed to pool or runoff, as this could attract mosquitoes or leach into the water supply. Greywater is ideal for the irrigation of lawns, trees, and decorative plant life, but should not be used in vegetable gardens.
To help protect your soil and plants, it is advisable to use eco-friendly soaps and detergents that do not contain strong chemicals like chlorine, boron or salts.
You can find out more about greywater systems and other ways to reduce your water bills and make your home more environmentally friendly by speaking with one of the qualified experts at Ira Hansen & Sons Plumbing. Call 775-626-7777 to schedule your appointment.