• Post Reply
  • Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

keeping the grey water clean

 
Rob Meer
Posts: 5
Location: Southern Indiana
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hello Art, Welcome and good luck on the sales.
I'd like some basic advise on keeping and using greywater. When I collect rain water, what is a safe way of treating it without chemicals for consumption by pets and we humans ? Or is there?
I'd like to use a collection system for our clothes washer water and shower water. Will all of the soaps 'drop out of the water over time via gravity? If so what is the timeline and how would one facilitate it?
Thanks for stopping in and helping out!
Rob
 
Art Ludwig
Posts: 21
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi, Rob---

When I collect rain water, what is a safe way of treating it without chemicals for consumption by pets and we humans ? Or is there?

In most of the world where the water source is rooftop rainwater people drink it directly, usually without incident. If you are in the US...somehow the psychology is different here, the environmental exposure is lower, constitutions weaker, people more ready to whine or sue...and I recommend against Americans drinking rainwater if there is other water available. (Illogical perhaps..but not irrational). Pets? go for it.

If it's the only water source, treat it with UV or ozone after settling and mechanical filtration, then carbon and R/O for perfect taste...and it will be American ready! (In the San Juan Islands there are hundreds of permitted houses with bank financing with rainwater as their only source that use the system just described. I raised my eyebrows at the R/O...but Tim Pope, the voice of experience on this, swears that's what makes it for the taste test).

For the greywater...I think you need a more lengthy orientation than I can provide here. Check these two common errors for starters:

Error: storage of greywater
Error: Treatment before irrigation

There's a bunch more free info you can click to from there...then I suggest you win, borrow or buy our book

Art
 
Rob Meer
Posts: 5
Location: Southern Indiana
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks for the information, suggestions and links Art. I realize I'm the alternative American, when I'd rather drink rain water than chemical laden treated water. The presence of fluoride and chlorine are concerns for me. Off to do research and hydrate. Again thank you for sharing your knowledge here!
Rob
 
  • Post Reply
  • Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic