Water conservation is going to be a big thing for us. We wanted to make sure that we were able to use the grey water from the house to irrigate plants and trees, capture the rainwater as best as possible, and redirect runoff so that we can keep the water on our property as long as possible. We’re on a well (we have two actually, but are only using one right now), and we want to be able to replenish the water we’re using as much as possible.
We were happy to discover that the house is already set up for the grey water capture. That is, we think it is! There are a couple of water spigots with these green handles that say “Do Not Drink” on them. They are by the kitchen and the laundry room. We think they are part of the grey water system; however, there is a drain that we’ve noticed the actual grey water being released from when we do laundry or someone takes a shower. So, we’re confused. If we turn on these spigots, water does come out, but it doesn’t seem to be grey. We need to have our friend Dave S. come out and take a look at things. He’s working on some of this grey water usage stuff. We’re thinking he could tell us what we’ve got going on here.
In the meantime, I’ve put a french drain in… of a sort – where the grey water is actually draining. It comes out in a shady area between two beautiful oak trees, so we’ve planted around it with some plants and some vegetables. We’ve started using soaps that are specifically created for grey water systems, so we’ll see how that works out. What do you think? In the foreground we have mint, impatiens, some succulents, sweet potato (decorative), the bay tree, lobelia, sweet alyssum, and a white geranium given to me by the late Lila Cassidy. Up along the sides I’ve planted chives, green onion, spinach, and kale. Rounding up at the top I have a few broccoli plants. We’ll see how they do. The weather is still so mild and beautiful, I think we’ll be able to get some things to grow for winter.
Speaking of growing, I think they might need some water ~ better go take a shower now. As always, thanks for reading!