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Aaron Clifft
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I'm about to move on to a small rural property which has a septic tank system in use...

I have great access under the house to most plumbing, is it hard to convert an existing system to use Greywater recycling or does it require a complete rework?
 
Lynne Webb
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I just moved from a farm and re-routed the kitchen, one tub and laundry water. It's an absolute no-no with the county so check before you make that adjustment and use caution. I carefully buried my gray water down into my woods. It did not run onto other peoples property so going into my woods hurt absolutely no one. I did not re-cycle. My goal was to take care of my $eptic $ystem. It was one of those things, if you do it, you don't talk about it. A neighbor  became a good enough friend and showed me his design. He channeled his into his woods also but instead of it going out one specific place, he used piece of slotted pipe in a "T" fashion. That way it seeped out several places instead of one.
 
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I'm thinking of doing just what Lynne did and divert some of my grey water from the septic tank. I have very little knowledge of septic systems and have heard much conflicting info. So, I'm hoping others can help me think about this.

Let's say a house is producing X waste that goes into the septic system. If some of X is diverted away, such as grey water from tub, bathroom sink, laundry, etc., does a smaller volume of water into the septic tank have an effect on the concentration of what is now flowing in (X minus grey water)? If the waste has less water in it, does that mean digestion in the tank is positively or negatively affected? Do we want things to be well diluted or concentrated in the tank? Are these questions even making sense or do I know so little about how they operate that my concern about reducing water volume is not an issue.

Please share thoughts.
 
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