Have you ever heard the term Greywater? Greywater is a term used for waste water that is left over from everyday things we do, such as bathing, laundry and washing dishes etc. Although this is not drinkable water, neither is it blackwater, which has very high levels of contaminants and fecal matter. Therefore, it can be used for things like flushing the toilet or diverse types of irrigation. There are two types of greywater, treated and untreated. While treated greywater can be stored, untreated has to be used immediately.
Water conservation has become very important, as we know, which means greywater is becoming a more popular means of conserving water. In fact, it is regularly used in third world countries, and has started to be used more here in the United States.
Differing opinions exist when it comes to the use of greywater. Some are pro greywater usage for the obvious reason that it can be used as a non-potable water source, both inside as well as outside of the home, thus conserving water. There are also those who are anti greywater, due to their concern that it would contribute to the spread of disease.
There is obviously much to consider when it come to the use of greywater. Research should be done to determine whether it would be a good option to use in your home. In our next article, we will discuss several advantages and disadvantages of using greywater. If you would like more information on this or any other home inspection question, please contact us.