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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2017, 08:57:57 am »
Interesting read, but is it worth the effort and cost? I say no. That is the reason I discard the dishwasher water and the washing machine water. The amount of effort and cost to re-use this water is not worth it.

As per my previous post, simply using the bath and shower water covers almost all my needs, regarding using this water to flush the toilets, wash the drive way and water the garden. No additional purification is required or needed.

Also by not keeping it for longer than the same week it was collected also prevents further problems of odour etc.

You always have a steady supply of water from the shower or bath so there is no need to keep it or store it for longer than a few days or 1 week max. :thumleft:
 

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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2017, 10:27:53 am »
TEXC

Learning a lot here.

Also want to recycle grey water to the toilets. Do you T in the grey water directly from the pressure pump, with shut-off valves both on the normal and grey water inlets to the cistern?

Thanks for the heads-up on only bath and shower water.

The pressure pump needs to pump one story up at my place. I'll check the pump's capacity for that.

I suppose its not worth pumping the water with a solar/battery pump to a secondary tank, and then gravity feed it to the cisterns?

If the secondary tank is big enough, one could leave out the battery and let it fill up the secondary tank during the day?


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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2017, 04:20:18 pm »
My pipes run inside the walls of my house, so I needed to run a new copper pipe on the outside of the wall up to the first floor and then thru the wall.

On the inside I installed a shut off valve onto the municipal feed and from the grey water feed. These two feeds then went into a T-junction which I then connected to the toilet. The municipal feed valve is always closed.

I did it this way so that I had the option to use either supply, depending on situations, but it is permanently using the grey water feed.

My pump is a 370watt pump and it pumps up to the first floor without problem and it pumps about the same amount as would the municipal feed does in the same amount of time so I am happy with this. No need for a bigger or stronger pump.

You could use a secondary tank etc on the roof, but I would not know how long it would take to refill the toilet running on gravity alone. I would imagine this way would also be prone to airlocks.
 

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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2017, 07:02:37 pm »
My plumbing will be identical to yours. Current supply inside the walls.


Noted the 370W pump!

Appreciate the advice!


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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2017, 08:03:00 am »
My plumbing will be identical to yours. Current supply inside the walls.


Noted the 370W pump!

Appreciate the advice!


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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2017, 11:17:29 pm »
My plumbing will be identical to yours. Current supply inside the walls.


Noted the 370W pump!

Appreciate the advice!


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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #26 on: October 20, 2017, 10:06:33 am »
Sorry okes, a UCT engineering student has created a New way to recycle your water   :patch:

http://leadsa.co.za/articles/277013/uct-engineering-student-creates-affordable-grey-water-system
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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #27 on: October 20, 2017, 11:14:58 am »
Very interesting thread

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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2017, 03:45:20 pm »
Sorry okes, a UCT engineering student has created a New way to recycle your water   :patch:

http://leadsa.co.za/articles/277013/uct-engineering-student-creates-affordable-grey-water-system
I think he googled this thread...  :snorting:

and his filter will get clogged in a day... trust me... >:D
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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #29 on: October 20, 2017, 10:57:30 pm »
If you want your recycled bathing water to be easier, take a simple step...

STOP USING SOAP to wash your body.
You really do not need it except occasionally to remove grease.
Plain water will also allow the natural bacteria balance of your skin to re-establish.
No soap means no soap suds you have to use more water to wash off.

I only use less that 5ml shampoo each day to wash my hair and that is all.
No soap. No BO. No sudsy water to manage.
After washing your hair, stand in a basin in the shower and recover the washing water.
Put it in a bucket to flush toilets.
Easy and cheap.
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Re: shower water recycle, el cheepo
« Reply #30 on: October 21, 2017, 09:14:54 am »
There may be an opportunity to design and install 'hot water recirculation systems' now that
we are become so water scarce and it will only get wore going forward.

It is common practice in water scarce regions. Would save more water than most approaches because it
does not rely on human cooperation. Saving without knowing. A lot of water is wasted waiting for the hot water to arrive at the taps.

The small solar panel is my edit in the pic to recover heat lost during circulation - especially if the pipe
insulation is not up to par. Prob need a non-return valve somewhere.

Pump could also be solar powered.



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