grey water disposal?

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  1. 2dogs

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    Evening all,

    question on legal side of grey water disposal,

    can you discharge grey water into roadside/car park drainage?

    I only ask as the other day I saw a couple of vans manoeuvring over a
    drain cover in a car park to dump the grey waste.

    Cheers
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  2. Reallyretired

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    No you can't as these are often just rainwater drains not connected to a sewer. In the summer they will stink.
     
  3. JeanLuc

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    Legally - no, they are storm drains and should not have anything like fat or detergents put into them. But people do. It gets motorhomers a bad name so should be resisted.
     
  4. 2dogs

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    Thanks for that,

    I must admit I was ready to shout about a couple of wars and a footy match and sod off back home but not being sure didn't:BigGrin:

    won't say what nationality but the weren't local,

    very nice large vans though ... very jealous

    Cheers
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  5. greygit

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    They should dump in one of the many Aires we have in this country!
    Gary:Wink:
     
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  6. JJ

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    Well...

    I have been giving you all a bad name for years...:cry:

    My "grey" water goes straight down a "storm" drain at the Studio... has been doing so for years and years...

    Never had the slightest "whiff" even in the height of a Portuguese summer...

    ...and let's all be honest here... have you never sometimes just let your grey water out to water some dry, road side plants?

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Well for all that get paranoid regarding the disposal of grey water answer me one question



    When you wash your van do you collect all that grey water??
     
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  8. Munchie

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    We wipe all our pots n pans with kitchen towel so the grey is pretty clean. Many folks use "grey" to water their garden it is environmentally friendly.
    Many CL/CS's we have been on ask us to dump the grey "in the hedge" :thumb:
     
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  9. scotjimland

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    It's not illegal to wash your car in the street, however, the Environment Agency give this advice

    Pollution prevention guidelines
    Vehicle washing and cleaning: PPG13
    These guidelines are jointly produced by the Environment Agency

    It doesn’t cover household activities but our good practice advice would be to use a
    commercial facility (car wash) that re-uses water, or hand wash with a bucketful of water and a sponge without
    using detergent, traffic film removers, degreasants or other proprietary cleaners. We discourage the use of
    hose-pipes or high pressure cleaners for car washing at home.

    Read More
     
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  10. Dereckerick

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    My missus recycles it, that last brew was hideous ;)
     
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  11. scotjimland

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    A tip for those wilding, use the grey to flush the toilet.
    I don't mean fill the toilet flush tank.... :Laughing:
    use a jug with some grey water .. ... saves fresh.

    If you have an RV with black and grey tanks it's possible to move grey into the black and visa versa by opening both dump valves but keeping the main outlet valve closed..

    this will depend on how the discharge pipework is configured.. .. it may not be possible with some pipework setups... don't blame me if you dump black on the carpark .. :Eeek:
     
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    hi . i would say dont use grey in the black tank . dont put any bleach soap or washing water in the black tank it kills the good bacteria and can cause smells . and never use sea water . that lethal. gives off a real deadly gas and stink.
    you have to keep the black tank chemical free . use just enough water to let it work . if you flood it it again kills the bacteria .
    takes practice .
     
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    Hi Alan

    not possible in my RV.. the shower drain went to the black tank .. that's how it was designed..
    I agree, never use chemicals in the black .. never had an issue in three years full time.. :thumb:

    my tip about moving grey into black would be used only in an emergency
     
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    hi its just i know from emptying cesspits the ones that are puely sewage work for ever .once a new family move in and plumb the grey waste in to the sewage it soon becomes just a holding tank and we had to go in regularly and empty it for a fee . all the bacteria is washed away.
    i,m carefull with my porta potty . never wash the inside only the outside . and never really empty it.
    thats not good to have shower going into black .bad design in my book.
    never mind .
     
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    Thanks for the replies,

    I don't particularly want to put chemicals down rain water drains.

    Cheers
    2dogs
     
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    Last 2 CL's I've been on recommended we dump 'GREY' water in ditches around their sites, you as an individual KNOW whats in your grey water and should act responsibly.:RollEyes:
     
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    What chemicals are in grey water tanks?

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Shampoo, washing up liquid, artificial meat substitute from Fray Bentos pies ..............
    :Rofl1:
     
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    That's not chemicals, it's propaganda :Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    We are on a CL at present that has drainage on every site . I was talking to the owner yesterday and he told me it is not a drain as such. The pipe he provides goes into a bed of dolomite and it then filters/drains into a field drain that is much deeper. This links with his other land drains and finishes up in a local stream. This setup has been approved by the local water authority.

    If water is spread widely over grass that people will not be walking over then it will filter as it soaks into the soil. Along hedge footings is also a good place and with impending drought it could help save some of the vegitation.

    Don't dump into ditches as this may not filter before reaching a watercourse.

    John
     
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