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Over the winter this year I installed a grey water recycling system in my home. All bath and shower water is drained to a holding tank and then plumbed to the toilets. It’s functioning great but the bathrooms have a stale odor. I have tried using chlorine pucks in the holding tank but it doesn’t seem to help.

Does anyone have any advice?

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You have to move the water to polishing tank for the removal of the odor, just create a small water body which is directly exposed to sunlight, put a small aeration pump (one which is used in aquariums) along with diffusers. It would help you to remove odor!

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Drig, I would love to know the design of your system and if you have had luck eliminating the odor in the last few months. How does the holding tank fill the toilet tank? What was involved in rerouting the drains from the shower and sink to the tank? My dream is a greywater-flushing system for toilets. Thanks!

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  1. How the drains are connected determines the final plumbing.  We did our house, so shower and hand wash feed the same 2″ line, down to the septic main.  We simply put a 2″ T in between fixtures and main line, a shut off between that and a barrel.  3 people 10 min showers with 2gpm discharge, 30 gal per day.  Our drum is sealed, standard PVC fitting screws into bung to fill, and allow over flow to backup into main.  A uniseal near bottom of drum allows a 3/4 PVC pipe with shut off for attachment to a small booster pump. When toilet is flushed, pump comes on and fills toilet tank.   Smell is a bit of an issue, we use RV bio tabs weekly.  Working out a flush set up. For sediment removal in situ.  Our constraints, 48 inch cellar space, 12 volt solar only. Hauled potable water or brackish water from solar pumped well on next 40 acres.
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