THE 7 ADVANTAGES OF A DIY GREYWATER SYSTEM OVER DRIP IRRIGATION
Most drought tolerant landscapes have drip irrigation, for several reasons. So let’s look at some of the differences and advantages of watering your landscape with greywater instead of drip.
1) DRIP WATER SITS ON THE SOIL
First of all, with drip irrigation all of your water rests on, or very near, the surface. If you walk by a drought tolerant landscape, you’ve probably noticed those big round wet spots.
As a result, drip irrigation is losing water, mostly from evaporation and because it is not going deep enough in the soil. But ultimately with greywater, it’s subsurface irrigation, so we water directly to the roots.
2) GREYWATER REUSES WATER
Let’s face it. 100% of our water from the shower or laundry is running down the drain. Hence, it is a wasted resource.
This runoff is non-potable — it’s not drinkable. As a result, why not use it for your landscape? You’re automatically saving that much water.
3) DRIP LOSES TAP WATER
The worst thing about drip irrigation is that we are using our precious tap water. This is potable water, which we use for cooking, as well as drinking and bathing. In contrast, by using greywater we are breaking this cycle of waste while beautifying our lawn.
4. GREYWATER WORKS UNDER THE SURFACE
Greywater is distributed under the surface, away from evaporation under the sun. The design of the Aquifer Pipe prevents water going beyond the roots.
With drip irrigation, the water on top of the surface creates pools of unused nutrition for the plants. More waste! Just when we are trying to conserve.
5) WHY THE AQUIFER PIPE WORKS BETTER
Buried 12 inches under ground, the Aquifer Pipe creates a moisture plume. Most noteworthy, this plume forms a water table which stretches up to 4 feet on each side. This feeds your plants and shrubs where they need it. Mulch is also used to prevent additional evaporation and keep the land green.
6) BENEFITS OF THE MOISTURE PLUME
Finally, let’s remember the advantage of the moisture plum created by the Aquifer Pipe is that the roots of your landscapes don’t feed directly from the pipe. That’s why it can be buried 12 inches below ground, so only greywater is used.
7) WE DON’T RELY ON SPRINKLERS
Finally, with so much of our water being lost on topsoil, sprinklers are a bad bet for conserving water. In addition, the run off just wets our sidewalks and eventually goes into the sewer. You may save some water using sprinklers, but unfortunately the landscape is still using precious, drinkable water. These are just some advantages of a DIY Greywater System.
With an Aquifer Pipe greywater system from Grey4Green, you can have a lush green landscape AND a drought tolerant landscape. Consequently, you use 0% of your tap water. And that reduction saves you money and makes your world greener and happier!