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Rocks, Rocks, and ...Greywater....?

 
                    
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I'm trying to determine the best way to work my Grey water system for my Off Grid cabin I'll be building in the spring.

I'll use a composting toilet, so that's a nonissue, other than using bio friendly soaps and just letting it run out, how can I deal with the grey water when it's a couple feet to bedrock, and those feet are mixed dirt and rock... with mostly rock!?

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Greywater can be infiltrated to plants, especially trees, in a mulched bed. Here's a good site about greywater: http://oasisdesign.net/greywater/index.htm
 
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Nomad, 2nd wrote:I'm trying to determine the best way to work my Grey water system for my Off Grid cabin I'll be building in the spring.

I'll use a composting toilet, so that's a nonissue, other than using bio friendly soaps and just letting it run out, how can I deal with the grey water when it's a couple feet to bedrock, and those feet are mixed dirt and rock... with mostly rock!?

Thanks



What about a raised bed? Can be done multiple ways, pond liner and gravel, just gravel, mulch, whatever you got handy. You could use a soil mix on top to plant in with the gray water running under neath feeding the tap roots.

Very good link above, great resource, bookmarked.
 
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Ive heard fruit trees are a better fit for greywater than a regular veggie garden. Didnt see any mention of this on the oasis site..
 
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"If your goal is to just get rid of grey water responsibly and irrigation is not needed there is no reason to put it on food crops. If your goal is water reuse to lower overall water consumption, chances are that you will have more irrigation demand than you have grey water supply. In this case, use grey water first on ornamentals, then on fruit trees, and then use the fresh water you saved on veggies. "

http://oasisdesign.net/greywater/misinfo/index.htm
 
                    
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Thanks guys, I plan on a couple raised beds (Will be mostly be doing Trees and things like Berries however) and will see if it works. (Layout)

Water consumption is not so much the concern, the concern is keeping chemicals, grease, whatever out of the water table.
 
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Nomad, 2nd wrote:Water consumption is not so much the concern, the concern is keeping chemicals, grease, whatever out of the water table.



In that case consider running your grey water through a cleaning box/planter - as outlined in the book "Water From the Sky" with DIY water systems from the Earthship folks.

I do not know if you live in a state that regulates grey water so what you do may have to be more or less discreet.

Here's a video for those who do not need to hide their system http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XokpuuL-yiY&list=FLtOnodtGhCiCzn-M3RJ-tEQ&index=206&feature=plpp_video
 
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More ideas: http://www.solviva.com/wastewater.htm
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