Is the water in your home safe to drink? When you think about water, your primary concern is likely to be whether you have enough of it and whether your family can drink it without risk of harm. However, not all of the water in your home is for quenching your thirst. Some of the water will certainly be drunk and more water could be used for cooking, but the majority of the water is likely to be used to wash clothes or to keep your family clean and fresh after a hot sweaty day. A question that you may not have considered is what happens to all the water that you don't drink. Often, wastewater flows out of a home and straight into the drainage system, but there is a better solution.

Creating a wastewater design

Water is a limited resource, so pouring away water that you can still use makes very little sense. Every time you run a shower, empty a washing machine or wash vegetables, a lot of water will run into the drain, but that water could be put to good use around your home. Wastewater isn't safe to drink, but there are still many ways that it might be used. Developing a wastewater design is a great way to reduce your water consumption and avoid pouring usable water down the drain. However, not all of the wastewater generated by your home can be used in the same way.

Different types of wastewater

Any wastewater design must differentiate between the blackwater that flows out of your dishwasher or toilet and greywater that drains away from showers, washbasins and taps in bathrooms or shower rooms. Both grey and blackwater can be reused, but the treatment processes for them will vary widely. A simple disinfection procedure will allow greywater to be used in many household appliances, such as a washing machine or toilet. A much more extensive cleaning process must be applied to blackwater, but your wastewater design could assign treated blackwater for land irrigation or similar outdoor functions.

To learn more about how wastewater could be used in your home and what the benefits can be for you, talk to a wastewater design company. They can explain how wastewater can be safely incorporated into the actions you perform every day. They can answer whatever questions you may have about a wastewater design and show you how to get started.