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Benefits of Gray Water Recycling

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Gray water recycling is certainly not a new concept, but many people who have begun to take their own home’s environmental status seriously are implementing gray water recycling techniques into their own lives. Gray water is the water that is left behind after most household tasks are completed. Water from the washing machine, after showers and baths and leftover dishwater are good examples of gray water. Though this water is not clean, there is usually no dangerous bacteria or chemicals in the water and it can be recycled for other purposes.



Gray water recycling has many benefits to both the environment, as well as to the end user. The importance of these benefits varies by the particular reasoning for starting to use gray water recycling practices in their home. Major benefits include:



• Improved soil conditions and plant growth - When gray water is used to irrigate lawns and to water plants, the minerals and nutrients that may be found in the water can help to improve the state of the soil and plants will flourish.



• Creates less strain on private septic systems - Those who have private septic systems on their property will find that their systems last longer and require less maintenance, as there is less water flowing into them on a daily basis.



• Less need for waste water treatment facilities - As there is a large amount of energy and chemical use involved in the processes of waste water treatment, cutting down on the amount of water being pumped into these plants will create a less waste of energy and less use of dangerous chemicals.



• Smaller amount of fresh water use - As many areas are in a water crisis with drought conditions and water restrictions in place, gray water recycling can allow people to continue to wash their cars and water their lawns, without using fresh water that is needed for drinking and other important purposes.



• Reduction in water bills - For those who pay for water by their own personal usage amounts, using gray water to take care of some of their household tasks can cut water consumption and reduce the cost of water bills.



There may be other benefits of gray water recycling that are important to an individual. One thing, however, is exceptionally clear. By choosing to use gray water recycling methods, both consumers and the environment can receive amazing benefits that will last for many years. Even if there is only a small amount of water waste recycled, everyone still stands to benefit.