Grey Water Systems: Shower, Bathroom Sink, and Laundry Conversion!

Good morning, everyone. Today, we're going to be doing something really
cool where we're taking the shower water and the sink water. I'm going to show you exactly
what we're doing with it. This is the first grey water thing
that we're doing here at the Homestead. So normally what you would do with grey
water is you would do laundry first. That's the more sensible one usually. We've got the laundry machines through
there. We're going to be doing that. But I figured why not go big? So let me show you exactly where
all of this water's going to go. So you guys remember we have our rainwater
capture. We have our HVAC system. But the shower water is
going to come out here. It's going to go all the way
across to the citrus hedge and we're going to water two basins.
So we're going to make two basins. One basin will be right here for
these four plants and one basin will be right there for those four plants.

And so the shower water is going to
become our citrus irrigation. And yes, I know some of the citrus don't look
that good. Some of them look amazing. This guy right here, he's looking
very good. That's the Valencia orange. And the cara cara, these look great.
But the Yuzu doesn't look that good. Hold on, let's take a look. Oof, not
the best thing to see, I will admit. Typically this is going to be an
overwatering issue or a stress issue. So I'm just going to see
if it comes back. I mean, see these yellowing leaves
just pop right off the plant, which is not a good feeling. But
we'll hopefully get that to come back. As you can see the work has begun in
a way, we've gotten some tools out. We've got some gear out, some hole
saws. We're going to need those. But over here in the front,
see if we can find her. Brook is here from Catching H2O. She's
going to be helping me out.

Take a look, all these fittings, PVC glue, all that
kind of stuff. She's probably over here. So here's Brook from Catching H2O,
already hard at work over here. We've got quite the tools. I already explained kind of
generally what we're doing, but on like a nuts and bolts
level, how does this actually work? Yeah, so what we're gonna do right
now is I'm going to start with the shower and bathroom sink water. This is grey water and
it's legal to use grey water in the state of
California and in San Diego. So what we're going to do is put, install a three-way valve in
the plumbing, under the house, which is where we can capture the water
under the shower as it's draining.

And a three-way valve allows you to turn
the water back to the sewer. You know, if you need to like clean your shower
with bleach or it's raining a lot and you don't want to discharge grey water
into everything, the saturated ground,. It's, that's also part of code is you need to
be able to turn it back to the sewer. So by installing this three-way
valve, we're going to have the water coming in and then be able
to be diverted either to the sewer or the grey water line, which is going to run under the house and
to the other side to the citrus trees. But obviously you're not going to want
to crawl under the house every time you flip the switch. So we're
going to install an actuator. This is just like a spa and
pool valve and so this is very common material. So we're going to
install this actuator on the valve which will, it's low voltage. So it'll be tied to a transformer and a
switch that's going to be located in the bathroom so that you can
flip from grey water to.

In a very pleasant way for
the homeowner. Yes. Yeah, without having to crawl under the house. So just using ABS parts. Standard plumbing? Standard,
everything is standard here. Yeah. The only difference is that we're draining
it outside instead of into the sewer system. And then when we get
to the end you'll see this piece, which is not as
standard or readily available. It's a double L fitting and
we're going to use it to create what's called a branched
drain grey water system. So the water will be
draining to this point. We're going to install this level and then water will pull out 50% of the
water will come out this way and 50% this way. So we can split it into the
two basins feeding the eight trees. For four trees each.
Yep. Perfect. Okay.

Well, step one is getting under there I
guess, and getting into it. Yup. So we have the rough spot for both of
the trenches – four trees right there and four trees right there. So we're going to dig 12 inches deep
and about maybe two foot wide or so. But before we do
that we actually have to, this is a dump pile for
the dirt by the way. Before we do that we have
to clear out this area, which Jacques is working on cause we
got to get the piping out from the underneath of the house. It's going to go underneath
here and run all the way out. But since this concrete's coming out
for pavers at some point in the future, probably going to use this hammer to
just like jackhammer a little section out so we don't have to dig under it for
no reason. So here's trench number one, we're still going to run it by
Brook and see what she says. But we've gone about two feet wide.
We've gone about 12 inches deep.

And you want to kind of score the sides
so it's not like a flat wall. But man, number one, I need to work out more.
But number two, it's a lot of dirt. I mean it really is a LOT of dirt. So the other one over here is a
little bit less far along. Okay, so Jacques found a salamander
underneath the dragonfruit. Where is it? There it is. I don't want
to break it. Oh, it's right there! Look at that! Tiny
little guy.

There it is. Wow, I did not expect that. And some
worms. And some worms. So secret, just put pots in the ground and put
mulch below and you'll get something. That's so cool. Let's see how this goes. So we've got a crack all the way through.
So now, and this is already cracked. You can see the grass. So if we
get a pry bar on either side, this whole piece should
just pop right out.

We could hit it with a mallet
too if we want. Right? Yeah. So we got the, we got the trench done.
We got this stuck a couple of times. All good, but eventually we did it with
sledgehammer and pneumatic and look at this. I mean this Bermuda,
look at the Bermuda. So the Bermuda, there was a crack right here. We went in naturally against the crack
and you can see the Bermuda coming up from below the concrete pad and just
like attaching to the inside of the wall and like searching straight up.
Insatiable plant.

All right, it has been a little bit, but we've
trenched out this entire piping. We haven't actually tied the pipe together
cause you have to make sure it drops about a quarter inch every foot. So there's a pretty significant drop
from this point over to this point. And now we're going to break through this
and we're actually digging this trench a little deeper, as well as that
one. So that's the next step. Okay. We are actually doing the
laundry grey water today too, which is fantastic. And this is where this one's going to
come out and it's going to irrigate this artichoke patch or whatever else ends
up being here over the course of many, many years. So we just
have to drill the hole. So the hole's half-drilled
on the other side, gonna finish it up by drilling
it in on this side. Oh yeah. Did I get it? Oh, here we go.
I'm off a little bit though, huh? We have the plumbing coming out.

conserving water

It's going to drop down into this little
channel and then it's going to this sort of J. And this J is just the channel
for the laundry grey water. The laundry runs on a pump so it will
pump it out into this little channel here. So you don't need to be extremely
particular. We just went maybe, what did you say Jacques?
Like 15 inches wide? I think like 18 inches wide. Less
than a foot, about a foot deep. Yeah. Yeah, you don't need to
be too stressed about it. And it's just going to trickle out. I do laundry maybe once or
twice a week at a maximum. So it's not going to be a ton of water
but it is going to be some water to save.

We've been doing a lot of digging.
Actually, mostly it's been Jacques. So we need a Jacques appreciation
comment again on the, on the video. Cause my energy has been extremely
low today. But I do want to show you, you know, what's going
on over here. We have this plumbing is like roughly
fit out, got my straw hat on, and it's coming out and it's boop
coming into here, it'll go into here. And then it'll jump in
through there into there. The laundry system is installed
as far as the irrigation goes. So you can see there's going to be one,
two and then a third point right there. And then we're going to put these little
caps on so that no debris gets in them. But it's pretty simple in the laundry. I'm actually running a load of laundry
right now just to see how it works. So there's the shower right there.
And then the water comes down. You have a little P-trap here.

And then, right there is the three-way
valve with the actuator on top, which is wired up through
the house into the bathroom. So I can turn the switch on in
the bathroom. But take a look, if you flip it it'll either go this way
towards the sewer or it'll go this way and out towards the citrus patch. So it's really handy to have that wire
up there cause obviously I'm not coming underneath my house to
turn it on or off.

However, we actually have it working guys.
This is crazy. So there's one of them. It comes out and it does a
perfect 50/50 split right there. So you can see it coming out right there. And then it also runs
down this channel here and it fills up right here as well. So we actually have the
entire shower system up and running. As you can see, the shadows
are long. It's been a long day, but it's looking really good.
All right, it is the evening. It's getting to be the evening. Actually,
look at the sunset.

Look at this. Is that not amazing? Oh my God. Whoo. By the way, this is what we're doing for our
giant cabbage San Juan Cabbagestrano. We are very much protecting
him from the heat. But you guys don't care about that.
You want to see the final system setup. Final thoughts here. What we're going
to do here, this is perfectly fine. But what we can do is we
can cut in to here, to here, to here in between these artichokes and
we can actually distribute this water a little bit more effectively. All this will get backfilled with mulch
because you don't want to put dirt in there, it'll clog it up. So you want to put mulch in there and
then the mulch acts as sort of a wicking layer. What you got over here, so this
actually was the most challenging part, I gotta be honest with you guys.
This was quite challenging.

So what you have to do is you've got to
drop at least an eighth of an inch per foot, which means, you know, over the course of 40 feet or so you're
dropping quite significantly as you can see. And then what we do is we
come out here and you pop in. Now, I will show you
really quickly how this works. So this is a simple setup really.
So let's get this out. You got to, there we go.

So it's a perfect splitter. So 50% of the water goes out that top
right there. You can see it dripping. And then 50% splits down into this pipe, which also has to run an eighth
inch drop on the grade out to here. So what's really
cool is we have look, one all the way down
eight of the citrus trees. But right here we can do at
least another eight trees. So we have 16 trees watered solely,
almost solely on the shower. I'm not sure if I showed you guys but
this is how the laundry grey water works.

So you have your water, it pumps
up into here from the laundry. And then if I go like
this and turn it down, it's going to route it out down here
into the sewer or we call it the black water. And then this way, boom,
it's going to come down here, run down and go into that
artichoke patch that you just saw. But there's one final thing I need
to show you in this mess of a home. Home tour coming soon. Don't worry.

But take a look at this –
easily my favorite feature
and where I will be ending today's video. This little
toggle here. Now watch, if I turn it up, I don't
know if you can hear that, but there's an actuator going down below
there that is actually turning it to black water. So if I turn this
on right now and it runs out, it's going to run straight into the
sewer. And if I turn it back this way, it's going to run to the grey water. It has been a really long day.
I am pretty tired. I got to say, we gotta give shout outs
to Jacques in the Comments.

He came over and he blasted through a
lot of this digging and helped me out a lot. Then of course,
Brook from Catching H2O, her info is going to be down below. There's going to be more coming
with Brook so stay tuned for that. But right now, in one day we have water coming from our
laundry and our shower going straight into the Epic Homestead landscape.
And that feels pretty good. So I'm really stoked! I'm actually
going to use this shower now. So, that's not going on the video. Good
luck in the garden and keep on growing.

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