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flashback backyard graywater Flashback: Easy Backyard Graywater System

With gardening season upon us, it’s time to revisit the “Easy Backyard Graywater System” by Tim Drew from MAKE Volume 13. Everyone has to do laundry, so why not use your laundry water to get a lush garden. Better for the environment and better for your pocketbook. Basically, the prerequisites are that you have to have a proper recycling system and use biodegradable detergent (and not be washing diapers). Tim was retrofitting his basement and moved the laundry machines to the back carport, which was conveniently at a slightly higher elevation than their adjacent garden.

From the article:
“The basic design involves a 2"ABS standpipe that runs down from the washer and connects to a gently sloping horizontal pipe buried under a garden path. At the other end, the water splits and travels a bit farther in 2 directions, then flows out through perforated pots and bark chip mulch, and into the soil beneath some water-loving plants and trees.”

Here’s the left branch and irrigation terminal before Tim buried it:

flashback graywater system leftbranch Flashback: Easy Backyard Graywater System

The irrigation outlet with the cover off:

flashback graywater system outlet Flashback: Easy Backyard Graywater System

And Tim’s lovely plants near the irrigation outlet:

flashback graywater newplants Flashback: Easy Backyard Graywater System

Here’s the full article in our Digital Edition so you can get started. Pick up Volume 13 in the Maker Shed for tons more projects, including the Boom Stick, Toy Music Sequencer, a Smart Structure, growing giant pumpkins, raising chickens, tons of magic tricks and props, a car camera mount, internal explosion engine, analog meter clock, and more.

Keep your eyes peeled for Volume 18, due out in mid-May, our DIY Energy issue!

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made.

Contact me at snowgoli (at) gmail (dot) com.


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