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Recycling Greywater to Conserve Water?

Recycling Greywater to Conserve Water?

Saturday May 04, 2013

There are several actions individuals can strive to do in order to live more sustainable lives such as, recycling, shutting the lights off to save energy, and conserving water whenever possible.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day!” We can conserve water by shutting the faucet off while brushing our teeth, taking shorter showers, and by doing fewer loads of laundry. All of these activities make up the biggest portion of wastewater that comes from our homes, about 40 gallons per person, per day! But, what if we could  reuse that wastewater?

Greywater

Greywater is wastewater from bathtubs, sinks, and washing machines. Any household water besides that which is used in toilets is technically considered greywater. Reusing this greywater minimizes the amount of freshwater needs in your house, conserving water and also saving energy! It can cut the amount of wastewater that gets sent to sewage treatment facilities.

Ways to Reuse Greywater:

 Use greywater to water lawns and gardens.

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Pump greywater directly into toilets instead of using freshwater in the toilet tank.

 There are still some issues to consider when thinking about reusing greywater systems in your home. For one, most states have their own laws and regulations on how greywater should be used. Greywater can also contain chemicals and bacteria depending on what goes down your drains. Managing the cleaning and bathing products used in your home is important when thinking about using a greywater system.

 There are plenty of other ways to conserve water, but greywater reuse is one idea to think about as a sustainable way of recycling the large amount of wastewater we create each day. Would you use greywater to water your plants or flush your toilet?

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