DIY Greywater Recycling Takes a Step Forward in California
Greywater Corps helps educate Los Angeles residents about Greywater recycling
Greywater recycling -that is recycling wastewater from residential sinks, showers, bathtubs and laundry - is a hot environmental topic these days. Greywater Corps, based out of Los Angeles, is taking advantage of this by pushing greywater recycling into California's mainstream, and they are doing all they can to educate people on how to do it for themselves. In addition to focusing on design and installation, Greywater Corps, led by Leigh Jerrad and Voula Dasakis, runs a series of workshops educating homeowners on how to install their own DIY greywater recycling systems.
Greywater can be up to 80% of a household's waste stream and it can be reclaimed for a second use, usually landscape irrigation. The benefits of this are many: reduced consumption of water, conservation of aquatic ecosystems, reduced load on septic tanks and municipal sewer systems, recharging your local water-table, saving money, and lowering overall civic energy usage. Irrigating with greywater will lower your water bill, and most installations pay for themselves within a few years.
Greywater Corps runs two day greywater recycling workshops, the last of which were on September 19th and September 25th. These two-day greywater recycling workshops are geared towards teaching homeowners how to devise their own solutions to reuse their waste water. The cost is a very economical $80 for the workshops. For future classes visit http://greywatercorps.com/whatws.html
Greywater recycling systems were illegal in California until early this year. The State of California legalized them in response to three straight years of drought. Greywater irrigation systems are now legal throughout California, and many systems can be installed without a building permit. This new greywater recycling law will save millions of gallons of drinking water.