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Portland Greening with Greywater Yard Tour (free)
September 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday September 29, 2017, various times for different sites – see below
In coordination with the NW Permaculture Convergence
Do you have a thirsty garden? Want to lower your summer water bills? Greywater may be for you! Join this fun informative tour and learn about backyard greywater irrigation systems in Portland. These systems were installed during summers 2016 and 2017, as part of the PDX Greywater Partnership, which installed the first eight legal residential-scale greywater systems within the City of Portland.
The tour will be self-directed to three different yards, where an on-site host will showcase the system. Tour-goers may visit one or more sites in any order. The tour will culminate with an evening social at the home of Ted Labbe and Kelly Rodgers, from 4-7p (see below for more info on that).
Wondering what greywater is? It is lightly-used water from your washer, sinks, and shower/bath, that can be safely re-used for irrigation in your yard.
PDX Greywater Partnership is an ongoing effort of Greywater Action, Depave, Recode, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., East and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and others to mainstream home-scale greywater re-use in Portland and beyond.
To learn more, see https://greywateraction.org/greening-portland-greywater/
10am-noon Cully Grove Community, home of/hosted by Noelle Studer-Spevak and Eli Spevak
4757 NE Going St, Portland OR 97218
Featured greywater system: laundry-to-landscape
Site/arrival instructions: From the main driveway on NE Going St, walk all the way to the back of the property past the covered garages on the left. Follow the concrete walkway, with the raised beds on your right, to the two-unit building beyond. Noelle and Eli’s home is the one on the left. Noelle will be on site and offering tours from 10a-noon.
2pm-4pm Kailash EcoVillage garden, hosted by Ole Ersson
4311 SE 37th Ave, Portland OR 97202
Featured greywater system: outdoor shower & sink branched drain
Site/arrival instructions: Please park on the public street, not in the site parking lot. From the parking lot, walk through the ground-floor building breezeway and go to the NE corner of the covered bike shed. Ole will be on site and offering tours from 2-4p.
2pm-5pm Home of Ted Labbe and Kelly Rodgers, hosted by Ted Labbe
3011 NE Hoyt St, Portland OR 97232
Featured greywater systems: laundry-to-landscape and branched drain
Site/arrival instructions: Please go through back gate on the right side of the building and do not disturb the basement unit tenants. Ted will be in the backyard from 2-5p giving tours. The evening social will run from 4-7p with beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks and finger foods. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending the evening social.