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Simple Outdoor Shower Advice  RSS feed

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Location: Southern California
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Hi Art,
I've been a fan for a while. I'm in California and I have a laundry to landscape system based on your design. I also catch all my dishwater in plastic bins and dump on plants. I use your biocompatible soap for the laundry and dishes. My boys and I pee outside where we apply the laundry and dish water (urine and your soap is the perfect NPK ratio). The last piece to my simple grey water infrastructure puzzle is an outdoor shower.

I'd like to direct the shower water to a drain and be able to run it through a hose and direct on different fruit trees that are slightly downslope. I'd rather to just be able to move my hose to the right tree the right time of year than to have a constant branched drain system. My plan is to create a raised up a pile of dirt about 1 foot high to get better drainage and compact it into a sloped shower pan, line that with plastic and connect a shower drain through the plastic to a hose (maybe 1 inch hdpe pipe). Put a wood box around it and fill with gravel on top of plastic and cover that with a wood slat floor.

I can connect a hose to my water heater about 15 feet away to have hot showers.

I understand to do a fully code outdoor shower in CA, you would have to be able to connect the drain to the sewer. With a simple design, I could knock it down in a couple hours if I ever sell my house.

Have you seen a system like that or have any advice on it? I see the hard part as getting the shower liner, drain, hose all plumb and flowing properly. Thanks!!! It would be awesome if there was a simple shower design approved like the laundry to landscape.

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