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grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:09 pm
by nemoskull
so im trying to come up with a grey water recycling system.
process so far:
bleach in grey water tank.
sand filter for large particles.
coffee filters.
2 feet of 1 inch active charcoal.
"life straw" style filter.

im hoping for water clean enough to take showers, with washing dishes as a secondary goal and actual drinking water that wont kill me right away it things get really bad as a very distant third.

thoughts? ideas? comment?

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:55 pm
by John61CT
DIY is impractical in a mobile context.

A marine-style watermaker setup could be adapted, but even the low volume hand-pumped units are pretty expensive.

Is this fulfilling a practical need or to satisfy green principles?

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:00 pm
by Socal Tom
nemoskull wrote:so im trying to come up with a grey water recycling system.
process so far:
bleach in grey water tank.
sand filter for large particles.
coffee filters.
2 feet of 1 inch active charcoal.
"life straw" style filter.

im hoping for water clean enough to take showers, with washing dishes as a secondary goal and actual drinking water that wont kill me right away it things get really bad as a very distant third.

thoughts? ideas? comment?

What will be the source of the grey water? It really depends on what you put in it. I suspect detergents would not play well in a system like that.
Tom


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Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:05 am
by Bill n Robi
Not sure if this will work for you - http://www.lifestraw.com/
We have a couple in our emergency kit.
I was tempted by the Berkey systems https://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/
Cost for lite use was high.

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:06 pm
by nemoskull
yeah, i saw the life straw, i have one.
as for the reason, this is mostly about extending my stay. im hoping to recycle shower water.
i can get a RO unit, and reclaim about 25%, or 3 gallons. right now i got 12 gallons fresh water tank.

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:36 pm
by Socal Tom
nemoskull wrote:yeah, i saw the life straw, i have one.
as for the reason, this is mostly about extending my stay. im hoping to recycle shower water.
i can get a RO unit, and reclaim about 25%, or 3 gallons. right now i got 12 gallons fresh water tank.

I think it would be more cost effective to use a waterless cleaning solution, and save the water for drinking.
Tom

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:50 pm
by nemoskull
cost isnt the issue, its weight. im pulling a HF trailer with a 107 hp toyota yaris.

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:49 pm
by John61CT
Then even more so. Showers are completely unnecessary, purely a luxury in that situation.

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:56 pm
by nemoskull
this isnt a weekend trip. this is a long term thing. weeks or months, so a shower is kinda nessesary.
at any rate, ill just have to run some test and see what i get.
there is a lot of well water where i live, some one is bound to test water locally.

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:00 am
by Socal Tom
nemoskull wrote:this isnt a weekend trip. this is a long term thing. weeks or months, so a shower is kinda nessesary.
at any rate, ill just have to run some test and see what i get.
there is a lot of well water where i live, some one is bound to test water locally.
you can’t go months on 12 gallons... at best one person could go about 2 weeks.
I’m confused


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Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:49 am
by tony.latham
this isnt a weekend trip. this is a long term thing. weeks or months, so a shower is kinda nessesary.


We spent five weeks boondocking in the SW last spring. There were three items that we needed to resupply every four days or so: Food, ice, and water. Even if we hadn't needed water, one of the other two would have mandated a town run. And a hamburger.

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It would be a much easier to just find clear water and treat it for bacterial issues.

Tony

Re: grey water recycling?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:42 pm
by KTM_Guy
I'm curious where you will be going with your trailer and TV combo that you would find yourself more than an hour or two from a water source?




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