Jeremiah wales wrote: There is always an odor, even if I would pump it back into the toilet tank.
Has anyone thought about this. How do you get around this. Or does it work out?
Jeremiah wales wrote:I would consider using Grey water back into the Toilet tank and flushing it again....
Susan Monroe wrote:Yes, the legality thing kind of falls into a gray area.
For instance, California LAWS say you can't do it. But there are classes in how to do it.
The basic idea is like the law that says you can only have three dogs on your property. If you have five dogs, they're all well-mannered, you keep them home, they don't bark excessively and you clean up after them regularly so there's no smell, neither the neighbors nor the law really care if you have five dogs.
Greywater seems to be the same. Do it right, don't trash the existing plumbing so you're producing a problem for the owner (if you're renting) or a future buyer. Don't cause a health problem by creating a mosquito breeding area. Don't create something that is smelly and obnoxious. Don't let any of the water drain onto any neighbor's property. Be discreet. Be smart.
And don't blab to everyone you meet (like that anal-retentive city councilman) about what you're doing. You can talk about it, but be selective -- don't try to change the minds of everyone you meet.
The secret seems to be VALVES. You place a diverter valve so you have the choice of directing the greywater to a fruit tree basin or to the septic. You get 45" of rain in winter? Then you would probably want to send the shower water to the sewer, depending on what type of soil you have. "Overload" is not a word you want associated with what you're doing.
Use some basic common sense.
Linda Sefcik wrote:IMO --
spilling "grey water" directly and repeatedly around a living area is less than hygienic.
Linda Sefcik wrote:And so... I picture a system where water gets filtered...
through an aerating screen...