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Looking for a solution for cleaning dog toys (kongs) that have dog food residue on them at an animal shelter. We do this in a tiny kitchen but if we can do it outside we could get 5-10 people to help and therefore keep up with them for our large population of dogs (~100). But there is no sink or plumbing outside. Wondering if it would be legal to put a utility sink outside, run a garden hose to it, rinse these toys in the sink and have water drain to a mulch basin. Important that this is legal, cheap, low-tech, does not attract rodents or flies, and ideally no permit required (bureaucracy involved). Any suggestions?

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Hi,

This is a legal “gray” area.

Here is what I say about it in my book, Greywater, Greenlandscape:

Outdoor Sink or Drinking Fountain

Every community garden or outdoor seating area needs a sink for washing garden produce or dirty hands and for supplying drinking water. Greywater from the sink can irrigate nearby plants via a small branched drain system. Supplying the sink from an existing spigot means the fixture isn’t permanently connected to a building’s plumbing system and therefore won’t technically produce “greywater” or be illegal without a permit . . . in most cases; the legality of this is a “gray” area. Obviously it’s not illegal to wash your hands using a garden hose and let the water run on the ground, but if you build a small structure and install a sink using the garden hose, will that produce greywater and require a permit? This legal ambiguity makes these systems attractive in schools or community centers where permitting greywater systems may be particularly challenging.

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