Gray water is water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. It is not water that has come into contact with feces, either from the toilet or from washing diapers.
Gray water may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products. While gray water may look “dirty,” it is a safe and even a beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard. If released into rivers, lakes, or estuaries, the nutrients in gray water become pollutants, but to plants, they are a valuable fertilizer.
Aside from the obvious benefits of saving water (and money on your water bill), reusing your gray water keeps it out of the sewer or septic system, thereby reducing the chance that it will pollute local water bodies. Reusing gray water for irrigation reconnects urban residents and our backyard gardens to the natural water cycle.
Installation of a Gray Water System
Because of the possible dangers of dumping contaminated black water from your toilet and kitchen sink into the water supply you should always contact a reputable plumbing company to recommend and install any gray water system. The professionals at Affordable Pumping Services are available to answer any questions you might have about conserving water using this eco-friendly method.
Some cities and towns in New Jersey are now requiring new homes be built pre-plumbed with gray water systems in place because of the great benefits of recycling this type of water. If your home is not pre-plumbed for a gray water system please contact Affordable Pumping Services to discuss the feasibility of adding this to your home.
If you’re interested in installing a gray water system, give Affordable Pumping Service a call! We can ensure the install is done correctly and efficiently to experience the best possible benefits from a gray water system.