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Hooray for California: Gray Water for the People!

August 8, 2009

The state of California has passed new laws allowing residents to divert the gray water from their homes into their lawns and gardens without the stringent previous restrictions. Although local municipalities may be able to override the new allowances, it is at least a step in the right direction for an area of the country that so often battles drought and fires.

Even if your state does not allow you to make modifications to your residence to divert gray water (or it’s just too damn expensive to play by their rules) there are still some things you can do to collect your gray water. Keep a pot in your kitchen to pour cooking water, old drinking and rinse water (rules of compost piles would apply here!). Keep a bucket in your shower to collect water- small amounts of soap should be okay as long as it is biodegradable and does not contain a high amount of salts. Be creative and you can divert your gray water, too. Maybe just not as efficiently as the folks in Cali can now.

Now I promise I’m working on some great information on hurricanes!

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