Conserving water is not just a “green”thing to do, it’s a good idea no matter where you live. Using gray water, or water that drains from the washing machine or kitchen sink, is one option for recycling water.
When I was researching the use of gray water for my book, Survival Mom: How to prepare your family for everyday disasters and worst case scenarios, I spoke with Buzz Boettcher of Gray Water Recycling Systems. Buzz has installed huge commercial systems for businesses such as beauty salons that want to recycle their own water. He discourages the re-use of water from the kitchen sink and dishwasher because of possible contaminants from food. Water from washing machines also has the drawback of containing lint and soap. Buzz said that if laundry water is recycled, it should only come from loads of laundry not containing underwear or diapers. No need to develop a toxic waste dump in your backyard!
Here is how one prepper is re-using laundry water.
His system doesn’t appear to have a filter, but installing one would ensure that your lawn or garden doesn’t eventually resemble the lint catcher in your dryer.
Recycling “used” water is definitely a possibility and one that should be explored, especially for those of us living in arid parts of the country. In fact, before spring planting time arrives would be an ideal time to research the use of gray water and put a simple plan in place.