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The Amazing Home Greywater System

Home Greywater System While showing a home here in Asheville yesterday-I saw an amazing greywater system. (see short VIDEO below ) This home-use system recycles water directly within the home as you will see explained in the VIDEO. According to wikipedia, "Greywater gets its name from its cloudy appearance and from its status as being between fresh, potable water (known as "white water") and sewage water ("black water").

In a household context, greywater is the leftover water from baths, showers, hand basins and washing machines only. Some definitions of greywater include water from the kitchen sink.However is an interesting fact if you are inlcined toward sustaining your budget and the planet...

FACT: Such a system could provide an estimated 30% reduction in water use for the average household...It is eco-friendly and saves money

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Well what I do with MY grey water is not recycle to the toilets, but I do use it to water plants.  We had tub and shower from our master diverted to a holding tank and then a gravity flow from there.  And I don't have a water bill, but in drought years it sure helps to have it for my plants.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 7 years ago


I have not heard of the Home Greywater System. Although the concept sounds foreign to me, I do believe in renewable energy and sustainability. I'm glad to know there are companies out there who work hard to bring new concepts into the publics eyes. Water is a precious commodity that we can't ignore. We all have to be open to changing our way of doing things. Antiquated ways are a thing of the past. It's time to move forward into the future with scientific evidence that can improve our quality of life and protect our planet too.

You give so much to all  of us with new ideas. Thank you janeAnne!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 7 years ago

Hi janeAnne- I love it next-gen plumbing. I would like to see the plumbing diagram to see this is being done. Geeky I know.

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 about 7 years ago
JaneAnne, what an eye opener. Another eye opener is that on average 30% of home water usage goes to outside use and can be as high as 60% in some areas. On top of that up tp 50% is wasted due to overwatering, evaporation and fun off. To read more ...
Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 7 years ago

JaneAnne,  We have a planned community in Rio Rancho that utilizes this system on a very large scale, they treat it and then water the HUGE park with nothing but gray water.  I see this being a very viable and green solution for many homes in our future.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 7 years ago
janeAnne, I like the grey water system, hopefully it will become popular among home owners. Having said that, I remember my old grandmother always draining the water from the washing machine into a special container, she used it to water the plants in tha garden. So the idea isn't new, it's just so much more convenient and modernized with this system.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 7 years ago

Hi janeAnne.   Thanks for the eye opener.   I hope you don't mind I share this on FB.   

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi there janeAnne. This is valuable information for those of us who want to conserve water - and lets hope those numbers continue to grow and grow. Going to reblog this one. :)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 7 years ago

Hi Tammy~

It is so good to know that you have water available to keep your plants from falling over limp and thirsty! Great use for the greywater!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago


There are so many ways to improve quality and save money...the greywater system being just one of the most interesting (IMHO) I love the idea of finding innovations in sustainability.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

YES Adrian...


I am sure you can see a diagram  at Wikipedia...there is good information on greywater systems there...both for home and commercial use.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago


Terrific point about water use (and waste!) of these days, it will be common knowledge...especially because the dollar-savings element is there. Each time I look at photo of a child who does not have even have clean water to drink...I wonder about this...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

JaneAnne what an excellent way to conserve water usage.  I think if the drought continues more of us will have to install such a system.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 7 years ago

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