water conservation

Grey Water Toilet Hack

Submitted by Barbara on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 17:03
Most municipal grey water regulation will not allow for the use of grey water in toilets. If you have ever looked in side a toilet tank then you may have observed that the tank does not empty 100% with each flush. This means that icky things have a stable water supply to grow in. This is the main obstacle to using grey water in a toilet tank. I believe this hack is in compliance with grey water codes. I should point out here that this is based on my understanding of our local codes. This may or may not meet codes in your area. Code may change in the future disallowing this type of use.

How to daisychain rain barrels.

Submitted by Barbara on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 16:37

There are many many different ways to approach rain barrels.

After looking at lots of different systems and a little personal experience, I have developed a favorite.

60 gallon barrels are less expensive than 300 gallon totes even when you account for the water they hold.  60 gallon barrels can often be found for free and are easier to get in the car.  300 gallon barrels are a little easier to deal with in that you have less pluming, fewer spigots and potential leaks.  We have some of each.