S Bengi wrote:You are using less than 5gallons of water per day. I add that much water to my sage plants and it is gone in minutes. In the winter it would be different but if you move the fire hose termination location once a day or empty the bucket at a different place everyday, it will not be a big deal.
Sky Orndoff wrote:I will be living in the place alone, and plan to take about 4 60 second showers per week. I'll also be doing dishes, washing my hands, and my pee goes down the same plumbing system as the bath tub and hand washing. No laundry.
Van Taylor wrote:The best way to deal with the winter disposal of grey water issue is to put in a drain field similar to what they use to empty a septic tank. Since there will be no solids, the tank isnt needed. Just dig a trench below the frost line, preferably under where you would like to garden, and put in a drain line made from perforated pipe covered with gravel and protective cloth to keep it clear. Then when the weather demands it hook your grey water to go down the pipe. We have our set-up with a ball valve that we open every spring to let the grey water run onto the plants and then close every year to send it under ground under the garden area so the deep rooted plants can access it or let it return to the water table after the soil filters it.
Van Taylor wrote:The holes in perforated pipe are large enough that it wouldnt be a problem. We have a system exactly like I described that has been functioning with no problems since 1994. A system like you described would be more likely to clog since all contaminates would be channeled to one location rather than be dispersed over a long distance. Our drain fieled is 100 ft long. All that being said, you wouldnt want to put just any old thing down the drain just because it would fit. We have strainers in the bottom of our sinks, and anything they catch is put in the compost. Obviously you wouldnt hook up a disposal to this type of system either.
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