Gray Water Workshop: Explore Recycling and Reuse of Household Water

Are you worried about another drought year? Trying to figure out how to water your garden this summer? Interested in learning more about all this rain barrel stuff? Concerned with the huge amount of water your household sends down the drain everyday? Motivated to learn more about gray water collection and reuse?

Join us as we explore the basics of water collection and reuse! We'll present information about what water reuse is, the different grades of water and how they can be used, explore collection and use systems, review important considerations for home systems including laws, safety, and site considerations, and present a simple gray water system that will be installed at a member's home on April 21st (another meetup for this group).

Water reuse systems offer so many potential benefits, including reducing household use of prime water, saving money by reduced water, sewage and or septic costs, and increased control over our own lives by having our own water supply. Water reuse systems can be as simple as a bucket collecting rain or as complex as a collection and holding tank below ground with multiple filtration and pumping systems for application.

Our emphasis will be on sharing a general overview of water reuse, focusing on simple easy to install and use systems that you could implement this year at your home, and then explaining a real-life system that Workshop attendees are invited to help install 2 weeks later.

All skill levels and enthusiasts welcome!

The workshop will be led by Regina Bambrick-Rust. Regina lives and works full time at the White Rose Catholic Worker Community in Chicago where she offers hospitality to the homeless, organizes for social justice, and manages their rural organic vegetable farm.  She holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from U.I.C. with a focus in Environmental Health and ecological sanitation, water, food and fertility practices.  She loves creatively reusing resources, which is expressed in her cooking, farming, crafting and composting.

This event is co-sponsored by the Permaculture Meetup group - check them out if you are not already a member:

We have to put a cap on attendance due to room size and Park rules - if attendance here is filled don't despair! Perhaps space is available under the Permaculture sign up. Check there, too.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    For a great guide to detergents and soaps for grey water usage, check this out article by It is very informative and straightforward.

    April 15, 2013

  • Cathy C.

    This is our home laundry detergent - and at a quick glance it looks compatible with grey water release. I like that they have a study showing 28 day decomposition in soil.

    April 8, 2013

  • Cathy C.

    Regina did a great job of presenting information and then supporting lively small group discussion and problem solving. My understanding of practical applications leaped forward considerably!

    April 7, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    A good presentation of the ways to reuse water and of the factors to keep in mind when planning a system.

    April 6, 2013

  • charlotte

    Sitter canceled :-( great topic!

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have prior engagement.

    March 25, 2013

  • Elizabeth L.

    we explored this topic with our Homeschool group this week. Will spread the news and get back to you on the exact # of guests

    March 17, 2013

  • Julie

    What a great Meetup!!!

    March 11, 2013

  • Gene W.

    I made a grey water system about 40 years ago. I am interested to see what changes have been introduced during that time frame.

    March 2, 2013

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