We are in the process of buying our first house. Due to some boring logistics, we will probably end up placing the washing machine in the garage. The problem is that there is no drain there, and it’s cost prohibitive to install one right now. Our solution is to recycle the greywater from the wash.
In the summer we will use it to water the lawn (especially since we are in a desert climate and don’t want to use precious fresh water for that purpose). However, in the winter the temperature drops below freezing, and we don’t really need an ice skating rink in our back yard. We’ve thought about using the grey water to flush the toilet, but carrying five gallon buckets of water through the house to the bathroom seems like (a) a lot of work and (b) very unwelcoming for guests.
What ideas do you have for recycling greywater in the winter? -Allison