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Old 03-17-2014, 03:10 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by lx22f/c View Post
Some of the Texas State parks are very strict about the gray water. I have seen them drive around just looking for wet areas around the dump valves. Then again some never question you when you have a tank beside the trailer.
Your could try to be discreet about it. They sell end caps with garden house connections so you can attach a short hose and discharge away from the trailer. We camp in areas where were not close to our neighbours.

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Old 03-17-2014, 03:46 PM   #12
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I never use my shower unless I'm at a full hook up campground. I can go about 5 days just doing dishes.


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Old 03-17-2014, 04:03 PM   #13
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I am not a tree hugging, tofu eating, global warming zealot by ANY stretch of the imagination.....but IF you are going to dump gray water on the ground please be responsible with how much soap / and what type of soap you use. Use biodegradable.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:40 PM   #14
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Back to the OP. It does take a bit of getting use to water conservation. There are lots of places you use water without realizing it. Two of the big ones are washing dishes, especially rinsing. Two dishpans work best. One to wash and one to rinse, then toss down the toilet. The other is washing hands. Depending on the family you may wash your hands 8-12+ times a day per person. If you use a gallon each time, it is a lot of water. It is really easy and typical to turn the water on, get them wet, lather up (with the water running) then rinse off. We typically just crack the valve to initially get wet. Turn it off. Lather up, and then turn the water on only partially to rinse off. It has to become a mind set to conserve and remind others.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:47 PM   #15
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What goes down the kitchen drain has garbage in it, no matter how much you try to filter it at the sink. The kitchen gray tank can, at times, smell almost as bad as some of the stuff coming out of the black tank. Please don't dump that stuff on the open ground. Some RV parks have sisterns for gray water and that's o.k. but dumping it on the open ground!? No one wants their kids playing around dumped shower or sink water. I'm kinda sorry I opened up this post and read it. Blast me if you want but it's not right and you guys that do this give camping a bad name.

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Old 03-17-2014, 07:08 PM   #16
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We don't let anything into the grey that is not water, biodegradable soap, or dirt from our hands/bodies. There is no reason you can't dump that on the ground, and it never stinks.
Wash dishes outside in a bucket
Use antibacterial wipes instead of washing your hands.
We keep a drink style cooler outside marked "HANDS" with some liquid soap beside it
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Our grey outlasts our fresh water doing these.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #17
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We have dumped our grey tank shower water on the ground before, but would never dump the grey kitchen sink water tank on the ground. As somebody else said, that is very smelly and need not be on the ground. I wouldn't dump the shower water on the ground at a state park for example, where the campsites are quite close together. But in a place where there's lots of room between sites, no problem. We rented a site about an hour from home for a month last summer, and I used to tote all grey water to the dump station. Then my neighbor jokingly asked me "you're hauling more black water again already?" I said I'm hauling out my grey water. He said save yourself alot of work and just dump it on the ground. It's no problem here. Never really thought about it before he mentioned it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:23 PM   #18
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I have dumped grey water in the grass several times. I usually do this at night and when the sun comes up it is pretty dry. I agree that it is only soapy water and no different than a tenter doing their dishes and then throwing the water in the grass.
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:35 PM   #19
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Just a little friendly moderator note. I have seen the grey water on the ground discussion get heated several times in the past on this forum, and very heated on other forums. I think the discussion should get back to ways water can be conserved, managed, and disposed of without the dumping on the ground discussion. Thanks.

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Here are some water conservation methods I use. In the kitchen sink I keep a plastic shoe-box size storage container. Fits perfectly in the sink. I wash hands and dishes over it, then reuse that waste water to flush the toilet. And when I flush the toilet I make sure the pump is turned off so fresh water isn't wasted.

I use just a little water washing dishes. Add about a pint (warmed on the stove) of water to the larges pan or bowl you used and use that to wash all the dishes. Then rinse the dishes off with a tiny stream of water over the plastic bin for reuse.

My baths are sponge baths. Takes about a half gallon of water. I use another storage container like the one in the kitchen, squirt about a tablespoon of liquid baby wash-shampoo in it and add a short half gallon of water. I heat about a pint of water on the stove (why waste propane keeping the water heater hot!) and pour the hot water in the cold bath water. Starting at the top, I work my way down with a sopping wet washcloth. Then I dry, and I don't worry about rinsing off the soap. It's baby soap. It's nice and gentle.

I've had a large potted plant I would set outside that needs regular watering with all the enriched gray water I can give it. My plant gets thirsty!

When I wash hands, I just let a dribble run out of the faucet, or more like fast dripping. Doesn't really take a lot to wash hands, unless they are really grubby. Baby butt wipes work well, too.

Doing things that way my black tank fills before my black.

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