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The set up from the previous land owner is that all the house water, except toilets, runs into this pond. The pond is also fed from a stream/creek which eventually comes from a dam many miles away.

The pond is full of life with snakes, frogs, turtles, fish, wasps, damselflies, and occasionally heron. So I assume this is a good ecosystem. I do use only natural and environmentally friendly products inside and out.

Surrounding the pond are a lot of useless lillies and weedy type growth. I am slowly clearing and planting beneficial and or medicinal herbs and flowers. What about fruit trees? Do I need to worry about the grey water? How far to plant from the pond? Any suggestions to varieties for Central Arkansas?

I have read that water lillies would be good to clear/clean the water. Any advice on this? Or any other beneficial something for this purpose? The pond is always brown, mucky, oily looking. The pond has no liner. Just Earth and water.

Thank you so much,
Pamela
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If you are worried you could prefilter the grey water before it makes it to the creek/pond. From the house to the pond, dig a ditch and fill it with woodchip. The wood chip and fungi and microbes and the plants that grow next to it will have taken care of all the compounds/microbes. You can also aerate the pond at night with a solar powered battery, or mechanical windmill.

If I wash my clothes by hand, I would pour that wash water by my fruit tree and eat the fruits. I would fill a sink with water and dip/rinse my cup in it and then drink from that cup. I would also not have a problem with pouring that sink water on my spinach/vegetables and eat it. And the water that I take a bath in, I have no problem using it to water my fruit trees and eat the fruits from it.
 
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Thank you for the reply. The wood chip filtering is definitely doable. Here is a pic of how the house grey water enters the pond. There is already a small ditch like crevice. I can easily add wood chips and any beneficial growers there.

Looking into the aeration options. Maybe an option in the future.

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