Feidhlim Harty wrote:With regards to cold weather, I know that there is a constructed wetland system in Minot, North Dakota, performance of which "…declines with lower water temperatures, but has performed very well for normal wastewater discharge parameters" Hammer DA and DL Burckhard (2002) Low temperature effects on pollutant removals at Minot's wetland. In:Mander,U and P.Jenssen (2002) Natural Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment in Cold Climates. WIT Press, Billerica, MA, USA.
I'd just posted something on another thread about not really wanting to devote the finances and carbon footprint to housing a reed bed inside the house - but what you've outlined may change my mind. Basically you're getting multiple uses from your indoor grey water filter, which may well justify the additional roof and wall space devoted to housing it.
That was my thinking on it, but as you said it might not be the case that the moisture in the air is significant enough to provide for the aloe. I got the idea from a friend who had an aloe sitting on the window sill above the toilet in a Victorian house at a rural location in the suburbs of Vancouver Canada (the climate is a lot more humid there to begin with, also). The plant was thriving and she said she never watered it. The air was misted by the shower and bath, however, and this may be enough to provide for it's health.
Certainly the shape of the Aloe plant is probably designed to trap mist or fog from the air and channel it to the roots of the plant.
Certainly. I was thinking to have it drop into the comfrey first before bypassing outdoors, but there is no reason why it couldn't bypass that zone as well, and then I would simply need to water the comfrey just enough to keep it happy as someone would a house plant.
could you install a bypass line so that in summer, you can simply stop splashing the water down onto the indoor wetland area for some or all of the wetter season?
Rob Clinch wrote:I love the idea of a grey water system but I wonder what happens in winter in Canada? The reed bed would die down, water going outside would freeze and eventually back up the plumbing. What do others up North do? Is it simply a matter of only using the system in warm months? Do you bypass to a sewage system the rest of the year or have a large tank in the basement to save the grey water for warmer weather?
I’m very interested in adding a system but if I could only use it half the year I’m not sure if it’s worth it. I’d love to hear others solutions.
Also in Canada do we spell it gray water?🤪
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