Picture of the out-side part of the setup. You can see where the hole was drilled into the brick in the wall of our laundry room. This contraption allows air to escape the system, and has a back flow valve to keep dirty laundry water from going back into my washer. It also has a spot where you can hook in your regular garden hose into the system. (Part one shows the inside part of the system. The inside part has a valve that lets us direct the water into the sewer or out to the garden.)
The PVC pipe goes off to the left and meets up with a flexible water line at the fence line.
Mulch basin, empty. Garry is positioning an awl to drill a pilot hole in the water line. Once the water line is drilled, the white flower pot you see will have two large holes drilled into it to receive the water line. Water will drip out the small hole in the water line into the mulch basin - the whole thing will be covered over with mulch. The flower pot keeps the water line up out of the dirt and mulch, so that the hole does not get clogged.
Drilling the hole in the water line. The fig tree that we are trying to water is on the right. You can see the terrible soil we have to deal with!
Drilling large holes in flower pot.
Sliding the last few pots onto the water line. This water line goes on into the vegetable garden which you can barely see in the background. It branches out into two lines and feeds a series of mulch basins in the vegetable garden. I water about a third of the garden with soaker hose for root crops.
Finished and ready for the mulch. I knew I was saving all those flower pots for some good purpose!
Pressurizing and testing out the system with the garden hose. Success!
We ran a load of laundry and you can see that the bottom of the hole is getting wet. The mulch will absorb this water and hold on to it for the plants roots. The bacteria in the soil and mulch will kill all the germs.
We are very happy with the system and will start using it just about every day, as needed, now that the dry season is upon us. We will have to change over from a once-a-week laundry day to an as-needed laundry system, but I think that wont be too hard.
If you are in a similar dry area and have expensive city water, you might want to give this greywater project a try. All the kudos to my handy-man Hubby!