plants for a greywater outlet??

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  1. moni

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    we have two greywater outlet pipes leading into the yard about 15 metres from the house. most of the time the water drains away well, however in a wet winter, like we've just had, the area turns to a nasty smelly bog!!.. looking for some ideas on plants to grow around the area to help clear the water and keep the area fresh....any suggestions??
     
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    Moni,

    I have a 100kb .pdf file drawing of an EPA (Victoria) approved wetland/reedbed system that you could base any home design on. It also has occupant tables to enable appropriate scaling. Email me direct thru [email:1uwrg93t][email protected][/email:1uwrg93t] and I'll post it to you.

    Cheers,

    DD
     
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    I might be interested in that too darren..... not for my greywater(i have a large amount of natives i use it on), but for a sullage pit that i have for our sceptic. Currently i just cleared it from an infestation of weeds and there were a few bottlebrushes planted that wont prevent another infestation.

    I was thinking reeds may be good but wasnt sure on what kind i should be going for or whether they would end up being another problem.

    I'll send an email soon.

    Cheers .... Dave
     
  4. moni

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    Thanks Darren, i just tried to email you but my server rejected your address??
    I have thought to get in touch with our local Landcare group to get ideas for natives that will tolerate the detergents. We do use biodegradable ones, but the water goes immediately to the drain so the the plants will need to be tough!!
    We are on farmland in the southwest of W.A and would like to keep the plants local species if possible.
    Thanks for your reply
    Monica
     
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    Hello Moni,

    Don't know why there was a rejection. Post your email address to the forum and I'll send thru the .pdf.

    Cheers,

    DD
     
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    Darren,
    Do you think you could send me a copy of that wetland greywater system? Greywater is one of the things on my list of projects, if I can find an inexpensive way of doing it. At present we are doing it manually, in buckets. We recycle all our kitchen waste water onto the garden, and use laundry and bathroom water to flush the toilet. This saves heaps of tankwater, but it's fiddly, and to set it up properly is obviously the way to go.
    Peter
     
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    PS - forgot my email address: [email:3hvo553k][email protected][/email:3hvo553k]
    Thanks, Peter
     
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    Peter,

    Its should be there now,

    Cheers,

    DD
     
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    What I forgot to mention was that our old family farm the grey water outflow went straight into a long ever extending bed of common mint. It was pretty foul near the outlet but the mint took up the challenge. Made great mint sauce!!

    Cheers,

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    As far as laundry water goes, using 'eco-balls' (a trade name) (little ionising balls that look like clay pebbles encased in plastic) means you don't need washing powders, however biodegradable. You also don't need rinse cycles so you save on water use. The water that comes from the outlet after the load is very slightly alkaline and odourless and I've been directing it straight on the garden since I got the eco-balls in August. The supplier is in Victoria. If anyone's interested, email me and I can tell you the address.

    Mont
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    Hi Mont,

    Can it be used in front loaders though?

    We want to convert to something for our front loader but am finding it difficult to source a good product. We like it b/c it does conserve water and our grey water system is diverted to our natives.

    Thanks Dave
     

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