For those unfamiliar with the term, greywater is the term used to described used water that doesn’t have harmful pollutants such as waste. RV owners know that greywater is usually the water from the sinks and showers. Watering with greywater to irrigate small areas like gardens or house plants has been happening for a long time. Recently, more have started creating systems that can reuse greywater on a much larger scale, even watering a whole yard.
Before installing a greywater irrigation system, there are several things that you must do. First, you need to find out if your city has any kinds of guidelines or permits required to reuse greywater. These can vary from area to area, so it’s important to reach out to local municipalities (either city or county) so you don’t get hit with fines or worse for violations.
You also want to consider what greywater sources you have. They include sinks in both the kitchen and bathrooms, bathtubs or showers, washing machines, even the condensation compartment from your air conditioning unit or old fish tank water. Then you need to assess if your family is using a big enough volume of greywater to consider this method of watering your yard.
Once all of that is done and you can confirm that this will work for your home, you’ll have to consider how much of your lawn is irrigated. You must get as close to the exact dimension as you can get. This is where bringing in an expert would be wise. (Even if you’re doing a conventional irrigation system, you should always get an irrigation professional to review your yard to make the best recommendations.) After all is reviewed, you can then determine what kind of greywater irrigation system makes the most sense and where it would go. You’ll also need get the proper permits before you start the installation process.
From there, your new system can be installed and you can begin a new way of watering your lawn without using more water than you need to. Again, it’s best to bring in irrigation installation experts to install the system properly. The irrigation system in your yard, and the yard altogether, is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home because of how much value it can add to your home. You want it done right, and whenever irrigation is involved, the right people to do the job are at Ground Source. Call us today to schedule a consultation.