In a water poor country with increasing uncertainty over water supply, all water users will have to become more efficient. Grey water systems are the most feasible short term solution, for businesses and home users. Read on for a quick explainer on grey water systems.

Grey Water Systems are plumbing adaptations that re-use ‘dirty’ water for purposes that don’t require clean water or in advanced systems, filter the water for re-use in any application.
For example some filtering is required to remove soap and grease and large food particles before the water is re-used for gardens or toilet flushing.
More sophisticated filtering involving ozone injection can be done depending on your needs.

JoJo tanks are probably the most well known south African grey water solution although they are also used for rain collection. South Africa is facing an water crisis and soon Grey Water solutions will be found in most homes and businesses.

For most people this kind of installation is not a DIY project.
A specialist plumber is required and having a professional, certified plumber who can issue a certificate of compliance do the work is advisable. Many systems require electric pumps and this element can require an electrician’s help.

The benefits of Grey Water Systems are more than just helping the environment- water consumption is reduced and the savings will eventually pay for the cost of installation.
It is likely that the cost of water will rise significantly in South Africa over the next decade.

It is scary to add up all of the water used for washing clothes, dishes, cleaning, cooking and flushing of toilets- by using water more smartly we can avoid increased costs and protect the environment. We will all need to be water-wise and Grey Water is the future.

How to get started with a Grey Water solution?
If you want to do more than just collect rain water to reduce the amount of municipal water that your household uses, your first step would be to look at storage and pumping of kitchen waste water. This could be as simple as a switch to allow you to store water used for rinsing and cooking, for use in your garden… Or it could be as complex as pumping water to your toilets and some water being filtered to the point of being potable. Shower and bath water can also be filtered and stored.

Pro tip:
Call a plumber for an expert consultation- getting professional advice is essential unless you are a skilled DIY handyman. You can find specialist plumbers and electricians in the HomeFixer app.

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