101 uses for water

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101 uses for water

Post: #162713 mrsmiggins
Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:38 pm

I'm talking rainwater and greywater here. I collect both, but after the plants are watered and the toilet flushed, I'm not sure how else I can use this without a complicated system. Anyone got any simple ideas about how I can use more rainwater and greywater in the house?

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Post: #162714 cynicaltrek
Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:43 pm

mrsmiggins wrote:I'm talking rainwater and greywater here. I collect both, but after the plants are watered and the toilet flushed, I'm not sure how else I can use this without a complicated system. Anyone got any simple ideas about how I can use more rainwater and greywater in the house?


I live in the woods and am not connected to the mains. My water comes from a well and I collect water too. Rainwater is fine for washing clothes, the car, the dog and the mopping. ( : k

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Post: #162726 pumpy
Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:37 pm

I use ours for allsorts; washing the filters from the fish-pond, cleaning paint brushes, supplying drinking water to our cats & dog ( they prefer rain-water to tap water), washing the dirt off my hands prior to a proper wash, damping down the greenhouse, washing out flowerpots, chucking over the car wind-screen in the winter when it's iced up........ basically i use butt water for most things unless it's for drinking or cooking. P.S. I have known some people use it for sluicing themselves, but that don't appeal to me!
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Post: #162765 Millymollymandy
Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:45 am

I use rainwater for my ducks and chooks and for washing out their bowls etc. I wouldn't use it on them if I was down to the dregs though or if the water had turned green!

Also for washing muddy root veg outside in a bucket then give it a final rinse indoors in tap water.
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Re: 101 uses for water

Post: #162930 Thomzo
Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:55 pm

I use rainwater in the house for water plants, washing brushes, vases, plant pots and anything else that doesn't hold food. I have a water butt outside the back wall of my laundry room. I bought a really cheap hose spray end and put it on the hose from the water butt. I happened to have a handy hole in the wall of the laundry room where the washing machine used to be and I fed the hose through. Now I can use the water in the laundry room. I haven't linked it up to the washing machine or for flushing the loo as it would mean running the hose across the floor, but I'm thinking about how to solve that problem.

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Re: 101 uses for water

Post: #163991 mrsmiggins
Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:30 pm

Thanks everyone, I'm using rainwater loads more now and treating tap water like liquid money, still not sure about greywater though? It doesn't keep very long so doesn't have as many uses as rainwater, but there must be some more :scratch:


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