3 Simple Greywater Systems for San Diego Water-Saving Upgrades
While they may be rare now, greywater systems are gaining popularity in San Diego County. In the coming months, after touring your neighbor’s urban farm, you will probably be led past his greywater system where he diverts water from the washing machine to the tomato patch, or from the shower to his very own wetlands.
Then again, maybe you will be the first in the neighborhood to set up a greywater system.
A greywater system can be very simple. Eco-conscious for over a decade now, Perry Plumbing Heating Air & Electric’s technicians required little training to learn the architecture behind diverting used water from appliances and into the yard. It is all pipes and fittings, and a little digging, after all. These are cool, new ways to use old tools.
Here are three relatively simple greywater systems available right now, based on where the water originates from:
Washing Machine Greywater Systems
This is considered the easiest greywater system method, because the existing plumbing does not need to be tampered with. The greywater is simply diverted through an internal pump, which every washing machine has. This automatically pumps out the dirty rinse water that can then be used on your yard’s landscape.
There are two ways to use this washing machine method. The first involves pumping the wash water into a temporary storage (called a surge tank). The water then drain into a hose, which you can use to water your yard. This is a cheap and easy method if you are on a tight budget.
The other way is by using a laundry-to-landscape system. This popular method involves attaching the washing machine’s drain hose to a diverter valve that directs the water, through tubes with outlets, to specific areas in your yard.
Shower Greywater Systems
Showers are an excellent greywater source as they provide abundant excess clean water. Depending on the slope of the backyard from your house, the shower method is best if it can use a gravity-based system. The greywater drains through a pipe via gravity, and that water flows through split plumbing into smaller and smaller amounts until it reaches its final spots in your backyard landscape. This system requires very little maintenance.
Kitchen Sink Greywater Systems
Kitchen sinks produce a lot of excess water, but keep in mind that sink water tends to clog due to its concentration of grease and food, et cetera. Therefore, this method works best with a branched drain system. (If your home/backyard slope does not allow for a branched system, there is a way to pump the greywater uphill, but the non-branched system can be risky, as the pumps require electricity and are prone to break.)
Ask Perry Plumbing Heating & Air About Affordable but Aggressive Ways to Save Water!
We have stayed current with the San Diego ethic of preserving the environment by using chemical-free hydro-jetting and BioClean “Green” Drain Cleaner to clean client’s pipes. It just makes sense to remain on this path by helping homeowners become as self-sustaining as possible. Why let all that useful water flow into our oceans when we have thirsty plants and big gardens to grow?
We listen carefully to our clients’ limitations and opportunities and work hard to deliver long-lasting eco-friendly plumbing solutions that contribute to the value of the home. To explore just how Team Perry helps you make the most aggressive water saving upgrades, call us at 619-472-2112 or schedule service here. We look forward to hearing from you!