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Hi All
What gorgeous weather we're having down South. Shame about the enforced hosepipe ban and the imminent installation of water meters.
I've just installed a couple of interlinked water butts with a solar powered water butt pump. Works perfectly and I can recommend. Got mine from Garden4less.
My question - has anyone captured waste shower water for gardening? My concerns are the moisturisers, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes etc used. I have taken over bathroom cleaning duties and so can ensure no nasties like bleach etc go to the butts. There are five of us in this household so would be such a waste if I can't sue the water.
Thanks in anticipation and enjoy this great weather!



Not a cloud in the sky in Lewes Jim. Been out in the garden since 6.30 am.

24 Mar, 2012


You've basically given the answer yourself Jim. The residues from the various products used in the shower can build up in the soil and affect plant growth. New build in the south of England should, in my opinion, all have grey water collection for use in flushing the toilet and filtered to use in the garden. The only way to use the water and be reasonably safe is to only allow the use of organic shower products, these should have less effect on the soil but, in general, cost a lot more to buy.

24 Mar, 2012


I know someone who is already siphoning off the bathwater after use and just putting it on the soil - but they only use organic soaps, and don't use shampoo in the bath anyway.

24 Mar, 2012


That would certainly work Bamboo.

24 Mar, 2012


You could make everyone collect the water which runs while the shower is getting to the right temperature - you'd be surprised how much that takes.

24 Mar, 2012

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