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Use of bamboo in grey water treatment?

 
Brendan Edwards
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Location: Hiroshima-shi, Japan
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I'm building a passive natural system. Does anyone know the ins and outs of bamboo use in grey water treatment systems? How to control its spread? how much water can it take? What water loving plants might go well with it?
 
Alex Veidel
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Location: Elgin, IL
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There are two types of bamboo: running and clumping. Running bamboo is difficult to contain without burying shields in the ground to head off the runners. Clumping bamboo grows in a patch and is less invasive.

I'm also curious about using bamboo for cleaning gray water. Also, does anybody know of any cold tolerant varieties (zone 5a) that grow larger than 1/2" in diameter?
 
Vlad Alba
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We use clumping bamboo in an outdoor shower that sees regular use. The bamboo gets all the shower water. it was planted in a little pit where the water drains into. The bamboo is very happy.
We're in zone 9a with well draining silty loam. The bamboo spreads only very slowly and would be easy to keep at bay.

 
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