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#1 Jeneral

Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:13 PM

ARghh.. I've been reading up on greywater and apparently you cant use it for watering a food garden!

I really want to start up a no-dig garden but these things need water.. I dont have a rainwater tank (yet) and was planning on using the washing machine water (not the nappy water though!) and the bath and shower water.  But my reading suggests that it should only be used on grass (where kids dont play), and ornamental type gardens... you cant use it anywhere it may get into a stormwater drain (washing car in driveway), and even washign pets is a no-go!


Anyways .. just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the limitations of greywater use...

my question is.. is there a system that allows greywater usage on gardens?

#2 Guest_--narelle--_*

Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:46 PM

Hi Jeni
if you see my post in Merz thread - there are septic systems that purify the water but it is still said not to be used on edible plants.  And actually here in Tas along with other states I believe, it is illegal to use grey water other than as sub surface watering, either under dirt or under mulch.  Something I read recently said that fruit trees can be watered with grey water as long as it was watered at root level and subsurface.   sad.gif

#3 hannahbug

Posted 04 April 2007 - 11:34 PM

Our council says that our treated greywater has to be buried.. so we have links in the house to turn them off..  you can use greywater on the ROOTS system of a vegetable garden but not on the top.  WE do!!

#4 KimminyCricket

Posted 05 April 2007 - 09:25 AM

Hi Jeni99

A friend of mine bought a new wheelie bin from the council, put it under his gutter overflow valve and uses the water from his roof for his vegie/herb garden.  Much cheaper than a rainwater tank and does the trick.

We are lucky enough to have a rainwater tank and use that as much as possible - our greywater just goes onto the lawn.


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