How can I store gray water from the house?

We use lots of municipal water for bathing, dishes, clothes everything etc without trapping this water for gardenin. How can I store it every time of use without manualising the process.

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  • Janice Janice on Jul 04, 2018
    You need to check your local regulations about may not be legal. Plus it would involve some plumbing work to be done.
    Manualsing It is a lot of work but you can make use of a lot of the water by placing a large dishpan in the shower floor as you shower and then dumping it outside onto plants, etc. The same if you hand wash and rinse your dishes, just use a dishpan to catch the extra water rather than it running down the drain.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Jul 04, 2018

    My mom used to run the water for the shower into a bucket until it got warm, same with dishes.....

    For setting up to use "gray" water.... first check your local regulations and see if it is prohibited..... second... do some research on gray water systems.... some of the "prep-er" magazines can give you ideas on some of the easiest ways and methods to set up a system and the best materials to use for a DIY they work with "on hand" stuff all the time....

    Hobby Farms, Backwoods Home (, Self Reliance magazine, Mother Earth News.....would be some of the places to start.

    A Google Search would probably get you a lot of information too

  • Mindshift Mindshift on Jul 04, 2018
    Most people's waste water goes into one drainage line that ends up connecting to the city sewer line, or it goes into a septic tank. To store gray water separately it has to be separated from the main drain line. Primarily water from a bathroom sink and tub/shower, and the washer can be used as graywater. A fair amount of plumbing has to be redone. If you have a concrete foundation you may have to dig up parts of the floor. Separating the pipes is easier (so less costly) if you have crawl space or basement access.
    The regulation of graywater varies from state to state. Here is a link with information for over a dozen states: However, not all states have laws making it easier to reclaim graywater. In fact, North Carolina's law states that gray water is the same as black water and cannot be used to irrigate even non-food plants. Mind you, this state also has a large number of hog farms, and the legislature is moving to limit monetary awards to people poisoned by the industry. Can you say hypocrite?
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