Basic Greywater System FAQ

The Basic Greywater System is an all-in-one solution, complete with all the equipment needed for greywater storage, filtration and distribution.

Maybe. Every home’s plumbing system is unique and will need to be evaluated by a professional plumber to assess the feasibility of installing the Basic Greywater System. The greywater system can be easily integrated into new homes or renovations where the bathrooms (and plumbing) are being changed.

Greywater from the laundry, showers and bathroom sinks drains to a below or above ground tank (30-60 gallons). Greywater is dispersed to the landscape whenever the tank is full, or every 24 hours, through drip tubing & emitters in the landscape.

There is no limit to how many plants can be watered. However greywater cannot be used with spray irrigation and must be applied through sub-surface drip tubing. Please see our General Greywater FAQ for more information on types of plants.

The average person produces 31 gallons per day from high efficiency showers, sinks and laundry. A typical family of 4 will produce 45,000 gallons of laundry water per year that can be used to water plants.

Yes, in most cases. Some states (California) require that the drip tubing be buried 2” under soil or mulch so some additional work on the irrigation system may be required.

No, this can only be achieved with the Smart and Smart(+) Systems. Greywater cannot be sprayed through the air, so the lawn spray valves will need to be separated from the drip valves, and a new city water-only supply pipe installed to the spray valves. Upgrading to our Smart Greywater System allows the system to designate city water-only spray valves without re-plumbing the irrigation system piping.

Very little! We recommend a general systems check once per year, the greywater tank bag filter be replaced once every 2 years, and the greywater tank sediment removed once every 3 years. WaterSprout offers annual maintenance contracts to ensure system upkeep.

Although some states allow “simple” systems to be installed without a permit (our Simple Greywater System, for example), you will most likely need a permit to install the Basic Greywater System.