For many individuals, turning on a tap or faucet and enjoying an infinite amount of clean water in their homes and workplaces for washing, cleaning, and bathing is something they take for granted. However, clean drinking water is becoming a precious and rare resource around the world, so it's therefore essential that we diminish our consumption of water or a minimum of substitute freshwater with an alternative water resource as well as optimize our water use efficiency through water recycling.
Recycling our water isn’t only for renewable energy consultants or environmentalists, it's one thing each home will and will do. Do we want to use fresh clean drinking water to wash our vehicles, or to water the plants and gardens during the summer months, of course not, yet we could use recycled water that has been filtered and cleaned instead.
Recycled water is an alternative water resource created from collected rainwater (rainwater harvesting) and wastewater from the house. This alternative recycled water is named Grey Water, and in several instances, greywater can replace freshwater, saving you money by reducing the amount of mains tap water your household consumes.
Grey Water that referred to as “sullage” is another kind of home recycling system that can also be thought of as a renewable energy resource. Greywater, amazingly enough, isn't grey-colored, but in its broadest terms is any wastewater from the bathroom, laundry, and garden, which may be reused or recycled for alternative purposes minimize the consumption of, or reliance upon, the clean mains drinkable provide. Greywater is, therefore, the fundamental element of domestic waste material, that has not originated from the restroom or urinal.
Let's get one thing clear here, greywater is recyclable wastewater collected separately from household sewage water and as such, this water must not be used for human consumption. Greywater is wastewater which originates from washing clothes, bathing and showering water, or from restroom and utility sinks, in other words, water from baths, showers and sinks. It is not wastewater from the kitchen sink which contains fats and greases, dishwashers that contain chemicals and detergent soaps, or dirty wastewater from toilets and urinals.
Wastewater from these sources is named Black Water and should not be reused or recycled in the home. Blackwater is contaminated water and potentially toxic with a high risk of contamination by bacteria, viruses, and pathogens, therefore, it ought to never be domestically reused or recycled but sent to the sewerage system where it's given proper industrial treatment. However, greywater from the toilet sink or shower is used domestically to fill and flush the toilet and there are several greywater recycling advantages and drawbacks.
So now we know that “grey water” is recycled water from sinks, showers, and baths, however, what will we use it for. Typical home plumbing systems dispose of wastewater via sewers and septic tanks.
Nevertheless, greywater provides a great chance to recycle this wastewater for other purposes including flushing your restroom, washing the car and additionally for your irrigating the garden, and with the proper equipment and filtering, the water can be used and recycled again and again.