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Earthship greywater systems

 
Roberto pokachinni
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After reading three Earthship books, I am curious what other permies think of them; particularly the indoor swamp/grey water tank which fully contains and uses the house's greywater indoors.

Has anybody done this, or seen this, or have any thoughts on this at all?
 
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They seem to work well in the arid climates that earthships were developed; but I don't know how well the humidity in a cold and/or wet climate would translate. If I lived in the NW, I would prefer to run my grey water outside for filtration and pipe in what I needed for growing in the solarium what and when I needed. But as a primary support system, I would hesitate to keep it indoors in all climates.
 
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The reason that I'm considering it is that I have a substantially cold winter season, where it can get 40 degrees Celicius below freezing. I do not necessarily want to heat an external building just for my grey water treatment, but I also do not necessarily want to have a jungle in my living room if it's going to be an issue with moisture levels in my home.

The other option that I'm considering is using a couple of those square metal caged plastic fluid containers (4 foot cubed, I think), buried underground 5 feet or so and filled with mulch/fungi, and worms. The grey water would flow into and through one, and then into the next, before going into the ground water system (or possibly with the additional step of a dumping in the middle of a deep hugulkulture trench downslope).
 
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