Water world: As we devise new ways to save this crucial resource, the practice of using gray water is largely ignored

By KATHRYN McKENZIE NICHOLS Herald Correspondent
Monterey County Herald (California)
September 4, 2010

Gray water pretty much sounds like what it is wastewater from household washing machines, bathroom sinks, showers and bathtubs but what many people don’t realize is that it’s a valuable, and mostly untapped, resource.

A typical California household produces more than 10,000 gallons of gray water between May and October, the state’s driest months. That’s 10,000 gallons that could be used to water plants, rather than sending it back into the sewage system.

Diverted and used properly, gray water can help landscaping and fruit trees flourish. And in an arid state like California, this becomes a valuable source of moisture during the long dry season.

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Comment: The state should make the necessary regulatory changes to allow more usage of gray water.

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