I survive largely on greywater, distributed in evenings and early mornings, cup by precious cup onto plant roots, and I mulch madly. With this, there’s enough bounty to swop some with other locals. The kitchen sink is the only outlet linked to the sewer in my whole house. Hoses are attached to the shower/bath/basins and washing machine outlets to collect and distribute the greywater. They consist of several pieces, linked by connectors, so that I can shorten or lengthen them as required to reach various garden plants. Obviously, garden-friendly soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and cleaners are a must!
It’s also useful to know that the washing machine’s ‘woollens’ cycle saves significant water and energy.
A 750 litre rain tank deals with rain off one roof section. Perforated drainage pipes connected to other downpipes, including one belonging to neighbours, with their consent, distributes roof runoff directly to the plants.
I used only 2 Kilolitres of municipal water in heat and wind- ravaged December 2016 – this means a 30% consumption reduction, my contribution to our current stringent water restrictions.