Most of the time, construction doesn’t directly involve landscaping, but indirectly, it may create a need for new greenery, especially if you had to remove some of the shrubs to get to a workspace. Naturally, new landscaping requires a consistent watering schedule, but depending on where you live, water can be expensive.
What may be a happy medium for your clients is a grey water system. Grey water systems are those that divert water already used from washing dishes and clothes, and taking showers, and running it into drip irrigation systems. People who are on a septic system already use it as the detergents kill off the necessary bacteria required to break down solids in the septic tank. But the folks who are on “city” water may not be aware of the potential for water savings and the terrific natural fertilizer that come from using grey water.
Detergents have phosphates that, when directed immediately into water sources, can cause algae to grow, and therefore deplete water oxygen levels and inadvertently suffocate freshwater marine life. When mild phosphates drain into landscaping, however, they have the potential to feed and nurture greenery and flowers first. This natural filtering can help protect our local waterways and freshwater dependent habitats for wildlife.
Another added advantage is reducing the amount of water needed to return back to waste water treatment plants. This reuse helps save electricity and the burden on your local municipality, creating a greener solution overall.
Grey water systems are fully automatic, and easily connect into the existing plumbing system. The diverted water goes into a filtration chamber that sifts out lint and other larger impurities first. In some instances, the system also uses a pump to create a flow of water from the chamber to the landscaping. Other systems use a gravity-based system that operates without additional power. Regardless of type, there are different sizes designed to accommodate smaller residential applications, as well as larger ones for commercial use.
In many areas, it’s illegal to store grey water for more than 24 hours, and so the storage tank needs to fit the needs of the building or residence. For example, a household that uses its washing machine, dishwasher and two showers daily can generate 75 gallons of grey water every day.
If your customers are looking for ways to implement green solutions, talk to them about a grey water system. Their lawns, flowerbeds and surrounding landscaping could prosper!