Grey water is made up of bath, shower, bathroom sink and washing machine water, it is not advisable to use your kitchen water as this is damaging to plant life because of the fat content.
An average household (family of 4) will use between 300l-400l of reusable water on a daily basis. The residues, soaps etc in the water in diluted quantities can provide useful sulphates and nitrates which some experts say is more beneficial to the garden than clean tap water.
It is advisable to use biodegradable products in a washing machine. The average suburban garden accounts for about 35% of domestic water consumption. Most of the concerns about grey water are to do with the hygiene aspect and odors of the water, but both these aspects are eliminated if the water is re-used as soon as possible and bacteria has not been given the time to produce.
Once Grey water is harvested it can be used for a range of applications:
- Toilet Flushing
- Washing Machines
- Outside Taps
- Watering your garden
- And more
Advantages of Grey Water
- Reduces fresh water consumption – Reduced water bill
- Easy to install and maintenance free
- Removes need for complex water treatment
- Less strain on a septic tank
- Grey Water has effective nutrients for plant life
- Cost effective, up to 80% of waste re-used
- Connect to an existing irrigation system
If you are looking to help save water for the Western Cape and become efficient by recycling water, then we can help. We provide a Grey Water harvesting system designed to suit your needs and budget. Contact us to see how we can help.