Grey Water

UnPacking Grey Water

Call me ignorant but I’ve only recently, truly discovered, how much water goes down the drain…


At the back of my mind I’ve always been waiting for a house where we settle down, to set up pipes from the drains to the garden but only until recently did I start using buckets to cart the used bath water to our garden. 20 days later and I’m getting pretty quick at it – strap on your health watch and get those steps people!

Our garden has had no grass – and it just suddenly dawned on me – a bunch of family sneezing and allergies later, that the best thing to try do its to take the grey water and put it all over the sand so that the dust could stop… actually it was the hectic August winds blowing the sand everywhere that got me thinking to water it. Amazing how dof you feel after for not thinking of it sooner! I mean I’ve been throwing my plunger coffee grinds and the odd dishwater into the garden, so I don’t know why it took me so long to twig!

My mind, and my back, has discovered something quite scary… I thought my bath was so small! I feel like it’s a coffin.

I realised that I use about 8 to 10 buckets of water from my bath and one bucket from my shower! As they say in Korea “Jinjja!!” Seriously!

If we try get mathematical quickly –

I reckon my one bucket is about a 9.6l and the other a bit bigger – so let’s just round off to 10l. That’s 8 to 10, 10l buckets a day – that’s around 80 litres of bath water just going down the drain daily! You can just calculate how much water we could be using in our gardens per household!

I’ve decided I feel much, much better taking a shower now and I am grateful it’s moving to warmer months so that I don’t need to use the “soak in a hot bath to heat up excuse anymore”.

And, by using grey water for our gardens, I have had to concentrate on the products we are using in the baths and to clean the dishes with, because if those chemicals are not 100% natural then I’d be putting that mess into my garden, flower beds and veggie patch…

A big, big initiative to Waste Less and Refuse more!

PS the grass is growing and coming green nicely…


Until next time…

waste less • refuse more