I was hoping to get some advice regarding the use of grey water from
the laundry for garden watering ? mainly lawns.
I?m not at all asking about the legality of it, which is not at all an
issue. Rather I am trying to find out whether or not the grey laundry
water is likely to stuff up my lawns. I use different sorts of washing
powders, switching between different brands, but I typically add:
NapiSan OxyAction MAX
Is this sort of grey water ok for lawn watering?
What if this grey water was used for deep soil irrigation near plants
and shrubs? (This is much less of an issue at this stage).
I really would appreciate some advice. Thanks.
I know, I hate to see all that water to down the drain too! I've used
my laundry water for the lawn and shrubs with no problem. I haven't
tried it on veggies.
If you use boi-degradeable SOAP not detergent you can use the wash
water. The rinse water is fine by you have to be careful about that
Plus, deep watering is better for shrubs than a sprinkling anyway.
Good for you!
Perfect storm indeed. We had good rain Nov. to March and then the driest
March-April ever. We are looking at sever water rationing at the same
time the price of food is skyrocketing. I think I need a water tank.
Get some food-grade poly drums and set them up to catch the rainwater
from the downspouts on your house. If you want to spend a lot of money,
you can buy rain barrels that have hose bibs already installed in them.
I think Gardener's Supply sells them.
A caveat: you may want to put a piece of plywood or something over the
top of the barrels, to keep debris out. At the very least, put a little
piece of wood -- a stick or something -- in there, so little birds won't
drown. If they get in there, they can climb onto the stick, dry out and
Food grade poly drums are available from canneries. They buy their
vinegar in them.
Why would food grade drums be necessary for catching rain water
running off a non food grade roof... to do what... pour on the non
food grade ground. Am I missing something, or why wouldn't an
ordinary plastic trash can be suitable?
You can buy low quality for like $10-$15 but they will decay from UV
exposure and probably crack from freezing temps.
I have two of these, excellent quality: http://tinyurl.com/79bqf
Last cistern I saw was in Ohio in 1968. Living in NJ no need at this
time. Ground water is about 20 feet down. My well is about 40 feet
down but all the new is about 100. Nitrates are the major contaminate
and old gasoline tanks and oil residues.
We use those barrels to catch potable water at our cabins. If you set
them so the first rain of the season doesn't go into the barrel, the
dust gets washed off roof.
A plastic garbage can degrades from UV a lot faster than a poly drum.
And you have to pay for a garbage can. We get our poly drums for free.
I don't know that's true... like I said, perhaps the cheap ones but my
Rubbermaid trash cans have been out in all sorts of weather for five
years now and show no signs of deterioration.... and just there you
claim to be using the very same trash cans to catch water off your
roof for drinking (potable).
You're lucky to have a free source, most folks have to pay... because
such items that are made so well that they're reusable aren't
typically free for the taking... and food stores pay a hefty deposit
on those containers so they are not in the habit of giving them away,
maybe you glom/appropriate yours.
I'd be very wary of any claims from someone who warns that water
collection vessels for irrigating the lawn need to be food grade and
then totally ignores the question.
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