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For the Smith family, a laundry-tolandscape system that directs laundry water around the garden via a pipe connected to their washing machine provided an invaluable solution to the nightmares caused by an overstressed septic system. Diverting thousands of gallons monthly from a saturated leach field in their case has meant a savings of $30,000â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$40,000, the cost of hooking up to the city septic system or installing a new leach field. Thanks to the recent legalization of graywater diversion systems, landscapers and conservationists throughout Santa Cruz are preparing workshops and classes to teach folks how to install laundry-to-landscape systems that are up to code, and the Soquel Creek Water District has recently approved a $75 rebate for laundry-to-landscape systems, effective this July.

Mother Earth Knows Best All laundry-to-landscape systems, whether simple or complex, rely on one fundamental component: the soilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural â&#x20AC;&#x153;food web.â&#x20AC;? The microbes and insects that live in soil act as a biological filtration community, breaking down and using as fuel the microscopic bacteria, potential pathogens, lint and hair that come out in the wash water. Conveniently, these fungal microbes and insects that love to eat nasty things thrive in wood chip mulch, a gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend. Although their powers are great, these microbes are not skilled at breaking down chemicals, so laundry-to-landscape

users should refrain from washing their socks in Clorox and should use only ecologically safe detergents. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let your disappointing experiment with all-natural plant-derived antiperspirant deter you; there are many graywaterfriendly detergents on the market with effective cleaning ingredients like papaya enzyme. Anne Smith vouches for them: according to her, they â&#x20AC;&#x153;work great.â&#x20AC;? Graywater has not been granted above-ground rights, and legally it must never see the light of day. At least two inches of wood chip or other mulch is recommended to cover the areas where graywater is expelled into the soil. It is also unsanitary to allow graywater to pool on the groundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface or to run it through a sprinkler system to spray the leaves of your salad greens, since these methods donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow proper filtration. Plus, that would just be nasty. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what graywaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about.

$ 4950

per person

Brunch included

Our 3-hour whale watching excursions include an opportunity to witness California Gray Whales and other Monterey Bay Sea Life with a partner of the Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab and Save Our Shores. For information on all our sails, please contact us at

831 423.1213 Chardonnay II is licensed, insured and Coast Guard inspected

Install Greywater Today

Save Water & Money

The Options The most basic laundry-to-landscape model is cheap and easy. According to Sherry Bryan of EcoAction and the California Graywater Alliance, the cost of a simple system is between $100 and $200, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple enough that even the mechanically impaired among us could learn how to install it. This system involves a three-way valve that connects an external pipe to the washing machine. The washing machineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pump then propels the water through the pipe, which can be perforated in certain areasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;say, under the rose bushes or apple tree. ¨ $

Due to recent changes in the CA Plumbing Code, homeowners can install a Laundry to Landscape Greywater System, where their laundry waste water will bypass their septic/sewer and go to irrigate their landscape!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We highly recommend Loves Gardens. We have saved precious money and water with our new system.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ken & Anne Smith Santa Cruz

s No permits required s Save water and your septic system s Family of 4 can divert up to 20,000 gallons of water from washer to their landscape each year.


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