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D. Logan
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That is to say, I don't fear gray water, but rather that I am highly intimidated by the idea of constructing a gray water system. Why? I have no idea. It certainly isn't the hardest thing I have ever thought to dig into. I can't really put a finger on why the thought of working on one gets to me. The closest thing I've ever had to dealing with one was that the washing machine at my Grandparent's farm would let out onto the side of a gravel road down by where they kept the chickens. It was foul and would suddenly let out when you least expected it, but I can't say I ever really associated it with the concept of a gray water system.

I've toyed with the idea of gray water systems more than once. I've even made a post in the past asking a few things. Still, every time I look at the idea beyond the abstract, I find myself balking. Subconsciously turning my attention to other projects rather than digging deeper than the surface. It's something I should learn in detail. I've prided myself on the level of thought and research I put into every project, so why is this one so intimidating for me? I don't have the answers.

Does anyone else feel this way? If you've worked past it, what was the key? I'd like to think that once I get past the initial reflex, I will find it all just falls into place in my mind easily. Still, I wonder what about it makes it so difficult to contend with to begin with. Anyone's thoughts or insights are welcome. I'd especially like to hear first-hand accounts of similar difficulties and overcoming them.
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It sounds like some part of soapy water has a repulsive factor to your mind.
Not really unusual since most folks relate that to sewage water.
On boats, there are three water holding tanks, Fresh water, gray water and Black water. The same is true of all self contained recreational vehicles.
Gray water really isn't as nasty as many folks think it is. Gray water has been used to clean something like dishes or clothes or shower/bath.
It is relatively easy to clean up, especially if you are using biodegradable soap products with no phosphates, you just need a filter bed.
There are many malls that now have their water features using gray water, usually these have the treatment space as part of the water feature, most of them are so well done, shoppers don't even realize they are looking at a water treatment setup.

I've done gray water treatment, our first home on Buzzard's Roost was an 18 foot Travel Trailer, the gray water was diverted to a series of cleaning pond, reed bed, fungi bed  then to the gardens.
It isn't hard to set up, pretty much is maintenance free once it is running well and you can have it terminate in a pond to grow fish, should you want to do that.

Just separate your thinking about sewage water, like a ship or RV owner would.
Black water is sewer water, kept to the septic system or into the city sewer system.
Gray water is reclaimable by any home owner and it keeps your water bill lower as well as being the earth responsible thing to do.

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