Eco Definitions: Greywater


Its the middle of August and water resources across the U.S. are strained. Particularly in the southwest, which is experiencing a record-breaking drought, water conservation is of the utmost importance. One way to save water is by using greywater more effectively. So, what is greywater exactly?

According to Greywater Action, it is "water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. It is not water that has come into contact with feces, either from the toilet or from washing diapers.

Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products. While greywater may look “dirty,” it is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard. There are many simple, economical ways to reuse greywater in the landscape."

By collecting rainwater and greywater, people can water their yards without using potable water. Greywater can also be used to flush toilets!