Can you let GREY water on the ground?
U.S. Forestry Service. Officially, it’s illegal to dump gray water on the ground. Many boondockers, however, have reported that they were given permission by forest rangers to dump their gray water on the ground.
What is the problem with GREY water?
The health risks to you and your family depend on how you use untreated greywater. Examples include: Laundry rinse water is low risk, while greywater from the kitchen is high risk. Sub-surface irrigation pipes are low risk, while hosing the garden with untreated greywater is high risk.
Is GREY water bad for septic?
In general, anyone installing and using an unpermitted grey water/septic system should: Avoid storing water for more than 24 hours to avoid odors and microbial contamination. Avoid contact with grey water. Ensure grey water goes directly into the ground and doesn’t pool or run off.
Can urine go into grey water?
Black water contains feces and urine and other bodily wastes. If you do have a composting toilet with a drain or are considering one, please be aware that directing the disposal of toilet liquid (straight urine or mixed liquid) into a grey water pit or leaching pit is not allowed into grey water systems.
Is it okay to dump urine on the ground?
Urine should be dumped at least 200 feet from waterways. One bottle may not hurt, but repeated dumping by many campers would. Just don’t do it. Away from storm sewers.
How does greywater go through a settling tank?
Greywater should first pass through a filter and/or settling tank before dispersal in an infiltration area. This removes coarse material (e.g. hair, soap flakes, sand and lint) which could block the draincoil pipe or soil, or both.
Is there a way to filter Grey water?
Grey water can be filtered effectively by settling in a septic tank, but then it will stink to high heaven and must be handled like clarified blackwater from a septic tank. In this case, the longer it sits in the septic tank the better (lower suspended solids and BOD).
How big of a greywater tank do I Need?
Tanks as small as about 75 gallons and at least 42 inches tall are adequate for a greywater system since the object is to keep fresh graywater passing through daily. No need to retain for long-term settling and treatment, but you can install a 300 to 500 gallon tank should building codes dictate.
How does the surge tank work in a greywater system?
When this tank is over 3/4 full, it overflows to the surge tank. The water in the surge tank then drains to the dripper system. In this way, the drippers get intermittent watering. The placement of the inlet and outlet pipes is important in this design. The right angle on the inlet pipe does a lot to dissipate the water’s energy.