Greywater may be a new term to you… once again, this one was recently a new one for me too!
Greywater is defined as the “waste water generated from bathing, showering, dishwashing and laundry”. Initial thoughts might sound something like “well… ick.” Sure, I certainly don’t recommend you grab a glass(!), but there are plenty of household uses for this water (as long as you aren’t using harsh cleansers and detergents).
Think about watering your indoor plants, outdoor plants and shrubbery, or washing your car. This water is ideal.
All you need to do is add a handled bucket to your shower, scoop out a bucket or watering can full from your bath, or add the bucket to your utility tub when your washer is draining. Plants will actually thrive from the content of this water and your car happens not to care if the water has a bit of added body wash or laundry detergent.
Considering this greywater accounts for somewhere between 50%-80% of residential water waste, conserving and using it will certainly amount to a lot more than just “a drop in the bucket”.