In our previous post, we discussed the use of greywater and its growing popularity as a means of preserving much needed water. As is the case with many things, however, it’s good to weigh up the risks as well as the benefits to using greywater. It’s also important to look at whether it’s a good idea for our personal circumstances.
What can we say of some of the benefits to using Greywater? It is very good for use in irrigation. The benefits to using it to supply water for landscaping can be clearly seen, especially in areas that are prone to drought. Using greywater for irrigating public parks and golf courses is also a money saver for the community.
Installing greywater systems can be done in older homes, as well as new construction homes. some locations will even offer tax incentives for having a greywater system, but this is something you will have to check with your specific area first.
An additional advantage that might not immediately spring to mind, is that using dish water for irrigation can provide added nutrients that help the soil.
What about the risks of using greywater? Though not as hazardous as blackwater, a lot of care should still be taken when it comes to the appropriate handling of greywater, so that any serious health issues that could arise from its misuse are avoided.
Installing greywater systems is not something every plumber is familiar with. Make sure that whoever you hire to install one, has experience with these kinds of systems. This can be very costly not only for the installation but also for maintenance and parts.
It’s imperative that you check with your local town council to see what guidelines they have in place for using greywater. These will be different depending on where you live. For example, some localities might not allow the use of greywater inside the home.
As we have considered briefly, while greywater usage has many benefits, it’s important to consider the risks also, to determine if it is a good option for you and your area.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta