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Gray Water Use
updated: Aug 01, 2014, 9:29 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

New State laws regarding outdoor water use go into effect today, one of which bans the use of potable water in decorative fountains. We've been topping up our small fountain each day. It's rarely without one, two and sometimes up to 10 or more birds at a time, drinking or bathing. We also leave a pan of water beside it for possums, etc. that come through at night. Does anyone know for sure to what extent gray water - and what kind of gray water - might be used instead? These critters typically drink out of ponds, puddles, creeks,etc., which aren't pristine, but we don't want to make any of them sick. Thanks for any pointers!

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 SHARON93111 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 09:58 AM

About the only thing I can think of is detergents or and kind of cleaning products that aren't natural. Bless your heart!! Very few people remember our little night critters. There has been a rise of rats and mice in this area, this could be because there are fewer opossums & skunks this year.


 COMMENT 541333 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 10:36 AM

Just don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.


 COMMENT 541340 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 11:02 AM

You can use potable water in a fountain as long as it recirculates the water. You can find that info on the the California gov website.


 COMMENT 541347P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 11:27 AM

I would appreciate a discussion of gray water! Has anyone set up a residential system for this lately? What's involved and how much does it cost to collect and reuse a home's gray water for landscape?


 COMMENT 541349 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 11:30 AM

Past discussion:



 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 04:08 PM

This is a good question! Tough too. Is Art Ludwig of Oasis still in town? Met him long ago, before he got started. What a guy!
Seems he's done, tried, researched just about everything. Check out the site. Art knows and lives his beliefs and his science, his stuff, is successful in the general, real world.


When on this site, use site search for "water for animals"


 COMMENT 541439P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 05:26 PM

thank you 340. that's what I thought, too busy to look it up.


 COMMENT 541440P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 05:27 PM

didn't mean to post yet. thanks for a good question, OP.


 COMMENT 541486P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 11:12 PM

Hallo there - I'm the OP and thanks 439P!


 COMMENT 541488 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 07:00 AM

No greywater for wildlife please!


 COMMENT 541495 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 07:45 AM

Here's a youtube video on the treatment of home waste water that I found fascinating (google joVL70wtLAs ). If only I had the room.....


 COMMENT 541506P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 08:37 AM

You don't know what makes the water greywater, most likely soap products which will cause diarrhea and worse.


 COMMENT 541523 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-02 09:43 AM

We collect the shower water in a bucket while waiting for it to get warm. That's safe to give the critters.


 COMMENT 541708P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-03 02:49 AM

523: There you go. Fresh water is a must for birds, bees, skunks, etc. Just be aware that one gallon of water weighs nearly 9 lbs. Lift with your knees bent.


 COMMENT 541741P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-03 09:13 AM

523 - Yes - it takes five or six gallons! for our water to get warm. Home Improvement is having a 20% off sale this weekend - everything in the store except a few things like appliances, power tools, etc. Get your buckets there :-)


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