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    Who has experience? I hate the idea of all that water going down the drain, if at least some of it could be re-used to flush the toilets thats something...
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    Water is never wasted as a resource- it is completely renewable(except maybe water buried in plastic) But from a money perspective there is so much waste. Treated Grey water (purple tap I think.) in SA is big and used to irrigate vineyards as well as some suburbs having it for the gardens/toilet

    There was a recent case where SA water had connected the grey water to a house instead of standard water. The people there had been drinking treated grey water for two years! They were fine.

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    • #3
      Did they get gastro in those 2 years though?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Noob-A-Tron View Post
        Did they get gastro in those 2 years though?
        No gastro haha they were completely healthy. There may be an article online about this. Heard the story on channel nine news.

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        • #5
          Problem is water and electricity used to be a state issue that the state was responsible for supplying to it's population. That has changed in recent years somehow to becoming a federal issue. It was the states that built the dams, water needs and the power infrastructure to support that state but how easy it has become to blame the federal government for both these shortcomings.
          My question is seeing as the state no longer excepts responsibility for supplying it's people these two essential utilitys, why have my state taxes not dropped to reflect this lack of previously state supplied services?.

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          • #6
            If you can use gravity it's very viable to reuse your washing machine and laundry water. I used to cut mine from upstairs into a 200l drum and let it run down the hill to the veggie patch.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by kimbleseven View Post
              Water is never wasted as a resource- it is completely renewable(except maybe water buried in plastic) But from a money perspective there is so much waste. Treated Grey water (purple tap I think.) in SA is big and used to irrigate vineyards as well as some suburbs having it for the gardens/toilet

              There was a recent case where SA water had connected the grey water to a house instead of standard water. The people there had been drinking treated grey water for two years! They were fine.

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              It wasn't grey water it was recycled storm water from the northern wetlands. The council diverts the storm water off the roads and into the wetlands to purify it and then it is used for non drinking purposes.
              The Lifestyle retirement village at Golden Grove do the same thing with their storm water.
              Grey water is water from you shower, bath, washing machine, kitchen sink. Black water is from your toilet.

              Originally posted by danny_galaga View Post
              Who has experience? I hate the idea of all that water going down the drain, if at least some of it could be re-used to flush the toilets thats something...
              The problem with using grey water in toilets is that it has soaps and other "bits" in it that will block your cistern in no time. You need an efficient filter system to remove this stuff.
              Running your washing machine waste onto the garden is the easiest way to recycle some of it and it is relatively safe.

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              • #8
                My mate uses grey water to water lawn and plants only it stinks . Not for flushing toilets or washing cloths ,

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                • #9
                  Yeah gonna keep it simple. Mum used to run the washing machine water onto the garden 30 or 40 years ago way before it became trendy . So we will do that and also have the rain water tank feed into the downstairs toilet. It's something anyway
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                  • #10
                    Used to do it that way too at my last house. I often heard people say it's no good for a wachine machine pump to pump a long run but we never had problems. i did have to put an anti siphon loop in though as it was draining the machine at first.

                    The tank one was the house before so thirty years ago too.
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                    • #11
                      http://www.greywater.com.au/images/diversionvalve.jpg



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                      • #12
                        It seems cheaper to use town water.

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                        • #13
                          Doesn't cost anything to pump your washing machine water onto the grass or the vegies.

                          In Tamworth during the drought we could only use buckets for town water to keep the trees alive and only from 6pm to 8pm every second day. The washing machine water meant we could still have a small patch of grass alive for the kids to play and a vegie garden. It also meant that the fruit trees down one side of the house were taken care of so we only had to bucket water the rose gardens and fruit trees on one side of the house and on the nature strip.

                          The rest of the grass just died.
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                          • #14
                            Doesn't the washing detergent kill the grass?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by toads View Post
                              Doesn't the washing detergent kill the grass?
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