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Old 04-25-2003, 06:17 PM   #15
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It makes a lot of sense. Why waste the water, especially when the west is so dry. I just haven't run across it yet. Maybe I will this summer in the California mountains, and outside of Flagstaff. Even at Joshua Tree in the southern California desert where a severe drought is in 4th or 5th year, the camp host tells all, even tenters to not dump grey water on ground.

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Old 04-26-2003, 10:24 AM   #16
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why not dump grey water wherever you want?

There are good reasons not to dump greywater wherever you want. Whoever that Forest Service person was that said it was o.k., should be re-educated in why the heck we have to reserve natural areas in the first place.

Not all plants need us to water them, even in a drought. Many plants can be overwatered and the roots start to rot, if not watered correctly, and at the right time. Acid-loving plants and plants that prefer to have a dry season can have tough time with greywater. We generally aren't botanists, so a good rule of thumb is to not dump water near native vegetation, or onto soil that doesn't percolate well.

Greywater is hazardous to our health, just as it is to plants and natural waterways. You wouldn't want to drink greywater. Most people use soaps and detergents that make us sick and are harmful to plants and animals as well. There are also nasty microbials that live in the pipes. Some jurisdictions have laws against kitchen sinks being included in greywater, due the the microbials like fecal coliform.

Greywater shouldn't be dumped arbitrarily.


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Old 04-26-2003, 04:47 PM   #17
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from the gardenweb:

"It is standard not to use grey water on carrots and lettuces. General advice is to use it on ornamentals first and on veggies as a last measure and never to let it splash on veggies you eat raw or lightly cooked. It should also not be sprayed as airborne particles can spread disease.
There is difference between using animal manures on vegetables and grey water."

Plus, everything you wanted to know about grey water.... and more: Grey Water Central

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