Previously this month we discussed the use of Greywater, and the fact that it is becoming a more popular means of water conservation. What are the advantages of greywater usage, and are there any disadvantages?

 

Because Greywater can be used for irrigation, it can supply water for things like landscaping, which is particularly beneficial in areas where water is a precious commodity. Public parks and golf courses really benefit from it also, as it saves the community money.

Greywater systems can be installed both in new construction homes and older homes. Some neighborhoods even offer tax incentives for having one. Its best to check your local area for this though.

Another added benefit is that by using dish water for irrigation, the nutrients it contains can improve the soil.

 

What are some of the disadvantages of using greywater?

Although greywater is not the same as blackwater, a lot of care must still be taken when handling greywater to make sure it does not become a serious health threat.

Not all plumbers are familiar with greywater systems, so you need to make sure that whoever you hire to install one, knows about these kinds of systems. This can be a big expense. It’s good to keep in mind also, that the maintenance and parts for these systems can be very costly.

Be sure to consult your local town council to check what kind of guidelines they have when it comes to using greywater, as some localities might not allow it to be used inside the home.

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