0
0

I recently set up a simple laundry to landscape system that flows from the washing machine to a 35 gallon, 1-foot-above ground holding tank and from there into a series of garden hoses with about 8 to 10 feet of gradual elevation drop to the target landscape. The system seems to be clogging from gunk in the water that collects at bottom of tank and stops outflow. Is there a cheap and or easy effective inline filtration mechanism? Should filtration be before the tank or at the outflow bib? Also, I was not anticipating the organic smell from the tank. Is there a way to clean and then control the smell without using fresh water? I’m on a well in NorCal so fresh water is scarce.

  • You must to post comments
0
0

Hi Bruce,

There are lots of things you could do to try and filter the water, but I’d recommend a different approach.

If you’re able to redo the system and install a laundry-to-landscape system (no tank) you would avoid the problems you are describing. You’d connect the washer hose directly to a diverter valve, and then to 1″ pipe and tubing, to 1/2″ outlets. With this system the washer will pump/push the greywater, with its lint and dirt, through the tubing and out into your landscape. If you use mulch basins, shallow basins filled with wood chips, the lint/debris will be filtered in the landscape and will decompose without you having to do a lot of maintenance.

Here is a video showing this system in action, and we have lot more info on our website about it. There are also detailed, step-by-step instructions in my book, Greywater, Green Landscape, if you want to know more.

I wish you the best of luck with your system!

-Laura

  • You must to post comments
Showing 1 result
Your Answer

Please first to submit.