The Two Main Types Of Greywater Recycling Systems


Greywater recycling systems are water recycling systems that take water from taps, showers, and other water fixtures and appliances within your home and recycle that water for later use. There are two main types of greywater recycling systems, each of which operates in a slightly different manner and provides different functions to your home. Understanding the differences between the two main variants of greywater recycling systems can help you choose the one that best fits your home's plumbing needs.

Non-Purified Greywater Recycling Systems

Non-purified greywater recycling systems will take water from your showers, sinks, and other water fixtures and simply move it into a separate storage tank for further use. No filtration or purification occurs, which means that nutrients and proteins, such as hair and skin, are kept within the water. This makes non-purified greywater recycling systems great for irrigation purposes, as they provide a greater amount of nutrients when compared to freshwater. The water saved with these systems can also be used in other water based appliances, like showers and toilets. Additionally, these types of greywater recycling systems require very little maintenance, as they do not have filters or parts that need to be replaced.

However, the water recycled from a non-purified greywater recycling system is not potable, which means that you will not be able to use it for cooking or drinking. This reduces the amount of overall water savings that they can provide your home.

Purified Greywater Recycling Systems

Purified greywater recycling systems work similarly to non-purified models, with the key difference of a number of filters, such as sand and charcoal filters, which will remove particles from the water. Some models of purified greywater recycling systems have a second or third stage purification process, which provide a greater degree of purification and particle removal from the water. The main draw of purified greywater recycling systems is the fact that the water recycled within such a system is safe for drinking and cooking, as well as all other applications. This can help cut down on your overall water consumption quite a bit and save you more money on your water bills when compared to their non-purified counterparts.

However, because they are much more complicated systems, purified greywater recycling systems tend to cost more initially than non-purified systems do. Furthermore, purified greywater recycling systems have more long term costs and maintenance requirements. This is because the filters within the system need to be cleaned out or replaced as they become clogged or degraded. Contact a business, such as Boulet Sewer & Drain Ltd, for more information. 


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DIY plumbing - can you do it yourself?

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