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This is what you need to know before you buy a grey water system

During water shortages, such as the one we are currently experiencing in Gauteng, having a grey water system in place to save and store water is certainly something that every person, not just someone who wants to Go Green, should be looking at. Each day we are all responsible for wasting copious amounts of water; it runs down the drain instead of being used for another purpose. The water that we are wasting is known as grey water and if you were to change the way that you look at this water, and the way that you use it, you will find yourself saving more than you have ever before.

What is grey water?

It might be a phrase you have heard of before, but some clarity might be needed to know exactly what it is.  Grey water consists of bath water, shower water, water from your laundry, and water from the sink.   The grey water is then recycled and used for irrigation in the garden.

Grey water recycling systems are arguably one of the very best ways to reduce your water consumption without having to make a drastic lifestyle change. And in a dry nation such as ours, having a grey water system in place is going to make a noticeable difference in the amount of tap water you use.

Grey water systems are by no means the only kind of water recycling system available.

Buffer tanks (also called backup tanks), portable water solutions, rainwater harvesting systems and septic tanks, are all water recycling methods that are available. These systems are relatively affordable, and since they will be saving you money, they are great systems to consider.

Backup tanks are great when paired with a grey water system seeing as the buffer tank can store clean water for consumption during shortages or cuts while the grey water recycling system will provide water for all of your irrigation needs. Grey water tanks are designed to accompany the system. Should you need to store water, the tank is there, while with some systems the tank is the final holding place for collected water before it is released.

And such systems are not just for the farm or for rural areas, they are equally fantastic for homes in urban areas. Once you have a water recycling system set up, you will never lose sleep or suffer from the frustration of running dry.

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Every drop counts. With a grey water system installed nothing goes to waste.
Every drop counts. With a grey water system installed nothing goes to waste.

Why should you recycle grey water?

It is a fair question to ask. Right now you might not notice the effects of the drought but even when the water supply is not an issue, you should be thinking about how you can save.

Did you know that in a home of 4 people, on average up to 3000 litres of water can go to waste almost unnoticed?

You should recycle grey water because every drop of water is precious. We live in a country where drought is a part of life and where water costs can be outrageously high, so saving wherever you can will do no harm and can only benefit you!

These are just a few of the other ways that you can benefit from having a grey water recycling system:

  • Grey water can completely replace the need to use tap water to keep the garden green and lush. It can also be used within the home to flush toilets.
  • By recycling grey water you can expect to see a reduction in your potable water use by up to 40%.
  • You can instantly start saving money by having a smaller monthly water bill.
  • You will never again have to worry about your garden going thirsty during a drought.

What are grey water systems and how do grey water systems work?

A grey water system is an uncomplicated system designed to transport your grey water away from the drains and into your garden, toilet or tank. The grey water system works through a series of pipes and a pump, all resistant to corrosion and designed with efficiency in mind. With a pump placed in the surge tank, the grey water system swiftly moves the water to where it needs to be.

Once you have a grey water filter system in place, you will start to gain a better understanding of where your household water goes each month.

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Rainwater harvesting along with using a grey water system will drastically reduce your monthly water account
Rainwater harvesting along with using a grey water system will drastically reduce your monthly water account.

What can grey water be used for and how does grey water affect plants?

One of the biggest uses of grey water is plant irrigation. Keeping your garden alive is possible with grey water as the water will have little effect on the plants. It is for this reason that one of the benefits listed above is watering gardens. But it is not just the flowers that will be kept alive. You can use this water to irrigate vegetables and fruits, with no harm done to the plants. If you are Going Green with a sustainable grey water system, why not also consider growing your own vegetables?

You should recycle grey water, not only will you be doing yourself a favour but you will also be looking after the environment and contribute with a water solution of your very own.

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Grey water recycling and the other ways you can save water

For many the thought of going green immediately turns to electricity, solar power and other ways that can be used to save power. But water is just as important, if not more so, than electricity and is often completely forgotten about when discussions turn to ways that the planet can be saved. Water shortages have always plagued South Africa. In fact, South Africa is considered to be one of those water scarce countries where people need to turn to alternative methods for saving water.

Some of the best ways that you can save water are not just by storing it, but also by creating it from nothing at all. With the modern advancements that are getting better and better by the day, the constant improvements are bettering the ways that we can save water. You now have plenty of options when it comes to saving water. And you don’t just have to choose just one option, you can combine a range of options.

Discussing the different ways that you can save water

In some instances, using a system that is designed just to harvest or reclaim water, is the best way to start saving. But it is certainly not the only way that you can save your water. There are a number of ways for you to save water, and the best place to start is with the water within your home. The ways that you can save water are incredibly simple and anyone can implement these techniques. Green Leaf Alternative Solutions is always looking to assist people by offering the right technology, and we are also providing some interesting advice to assist you in your water saving activities.

Start saving water in these ways

  • Take a bucket into the shower

How long do you wait for the water to heat up before you start showering? While you are waiting for the shower to get hot, plenty of water is running down the drain and going to waste. There is a way that you can prevent the water from going to waste. The solution is to place a bucket in the shower while you are waiting and to capture all of that water. You can then use this water for whatever you like, such as watering the garden.

  • Install a rainwater harvesting system

A rainwater harvesting system is one of the best ways that you can save. For most of our households, the rain water goes to waste, falling onto a pavement or driveway and then running away. By placing the rainwater harvesting system in the area where the rain falls the most, you will be saving the water and be able to use that water on your garden during times when the rain is scarce.

  • Invest in a grey water system

Not all wastewater needs to go down the drain and to waste. While there is certain waste water that should not be reused, grey water systems are great for recycling dish water and shower water. Instead of it going down the drain, this water is diverted to another area of the home where it can be used. One of the most popular ways that the water can be reused is by diverting it to be used for flushing the toilet. Although they can be easily set up, they do require maintenance to keep them in a good running condition.

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While droughts might be common in South Africa, technology can help us save water. The grey water recycling system is one of the best choices.
While droughts might be common in South Africa, technology can help us save water. The grey water recycling system is one of the best choices.

What is a grey water system?

With South Africa’s growing population and its continued struggle with water, the people need to save water wherever possible. This is where grey water recycling has really shown it’s immense worth. Grey water recycling involves the redirecting of wastewater, mainly water that has been used for showering, doing laundry or washing dishes, for instance. This water is not exactly dirty, and while it cannot be used for drinking or cooking, it can be used for other purposes.

Many households that have installed this system have reported that they have been able to save up to 40% of their water. This system of recycling can be combined with a number of other systems, contributing to the total amount of water that you will end up saving. The process is affordable and the set up itself is also exceptionally affordable.

Grey water recycling is one of the ways that you will be saving on your water each month. Not only will you be noticing the difference in your monthly water bill but you are also going to be contributing to saving the planet’s sparse fresh water supply.

Green Leaf Alternative Solutions is always looking for new innovative ways to help people save energy and water. With our unique contracting services, we can assist you with everything you need to contribute to water and energy conservation.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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