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Has anyone built a Watson Wick, or any other sort of wicking bed for greywater or blackwater treatment?
 
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Howdy Pat, welcome to permies!

I had not heard of that one so I had to look it up to see what you were talking about.

http://oasisdesign.net/compostingtoilets/watsonwick.htm
 
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Feidhlim,

I would be interested in any comments and/or thoughts you would have regarding the use of wicking beds as a greywater or blackwater treatment system.

The "Watson Wick" option that I found on the Oasis webpage (see link provided by Miles) appealed to me as a design option for a non-freezing climate based on the following:

No septic tank requirement
ease of installation and minimal costs if local materials are suitable
Minimal anaerobic conditions
Composting of faecal matter occurs naturally in a sealed environment
Straight forward inspection
design flexibility - The system could be constructed with a liner or no liner depending on site conditions and final effluent could be directed to a wetland or other polishing technology if in a very sensitive area.



 
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I too am interested in s Watson Wick type design. I am wondering if one could fill it with wood chips if one usef it for grey water only.
 
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