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Grey water reed bed system

 
Forrest Gilbert
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Due to the drought and lack of production from my well I decided to build a more efficient grey water system. I had a laundry to landscape system, but I wanted to be able to store and use the water in multiple locations on the property. The system is all gravity fed. The grey water runs through a grease trap/settling tank to a mulch filter. From there it moves through 3 separate reed beds and then dumps into an ibc tote for storage. The system requires no pumps, electricity, or chlorination. The end product is clear, stable, and storable. Even after weeks of sitting in the sun there is no smell. This system has saved my garden this year.
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Grease trap, 5 gallon mulch filter, two reed beds
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two upper reed beds
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lower primary reed bed
 
Forrest Gilbert
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Two more pics
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Primary reed bed and ibc storage tank
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The final product
 
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Canyon Man : I come from along line of if it isn't broke don't fix it ! I am surprised that your plantings work that well for you with as few plants as you seem to have.

I have a couple of candidates for possible inclusion to deal with possible heavy metal contamination. Both Horse tail reeds and most all ferns are very good metal
collectors concentrators! This is to the point that the Canadian government sends out warnings to people like myself who enjoy the edible varieties to know the history
of the soil in the region they are picking in.

This may be a non problem for you do to your region and occupation by an once of protection - - -especially if you like the leafy greens that suck-up so much water

For the Good of the Craft ! Big AL
 
Forrest Gilbert
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Big Al. I am also surprised that the system works as well as it does with the current plantings. The two upper reed beds are still filling in. It is the primary reed bed with the locally harvested cattails that does most of the work. I am very careful about what goes down the drain so there is very little metal contamination.
 
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