With the average household water bill on the rise, along with the growing environmental movement, a trend toward consumer scrutiny of wasteful spending and wasted resources is on the rise. Even more importantly, only 1-percent of the Earth’s water is accessible for consumption leaving about 500-million people without access to clean water. Grey water recycling is one method for individual members of the global community to make a positive impact through conservation.
Common uses of recycled grey water include flushing the toilet ; lawn and garden irrigation; fire breaks; the wash cycle of your laundry; and man-made ponds. It is important to check with your local water management board for specific regulations and advisories.
If the decision is made to pursue grey water recycling, it is imperative to monitor the ingredients of your household products, such as soaps and detergents. Environmentally friendly products are recommended in order to insure safe outdoor applications.
Water conservation is only one of the many benefits of grey water recycling. Additionally, grey water recycling supports plant growth in areas that normally could not sustain plant growth. Also, lessening that water taken straight out of the ground replenishes and recharges the hydrologic cycle. It maintains a healthy water table and ground water supply, and gives soil an opportunity to maintain fertility by forcing it to break down and decompose bacteria and readily available nutrients.
It is time we began expanding and maximizing our natural resources. With the ease and availability of grey water, it is difficult to justify continuing to waste the Earth’s precious fresh water resources.