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Old 08-02-2016, 07:05 PM   #1
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Grey water draining while at campsite.

Somewhere on this forum I posted a question about grey black water holding tanks, but forgot where it was posted. Anyway my question is this: Is it okay to hook up a hose to my grey water drain to drain it while camping a little at a time? Or let it fill up and dump it when I leave? Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:26 PM   #2
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I'm sure you will get many answers. What we have found is that it depends on where you're camping, local laws vary all over the place.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:27 PM   #3
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NO. It is illegal in most places and a health hazard. Especially in congested campgrounds where multiple campers are trickling the grey water.

It stinks and many would not hesitate to report it. I would ask the cg staff if you have a question. I have been in cg's that had grey water dumps scattered around but a blue boy is needed.

Now out in Iowa, it may be welcomed in some places. Check the local laws.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:28 PM   #4
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No it is not OK. In most cases it will get you kicked out, in some such as a state or federal park you may get fined and kicked out. You have a tank for a reason, not just a drain. Think about what that campsite would be like if everyone did that. Yes it's just grey water but the soap, dish detergent, etc would build it up over time and kill off vegetation. They make portable grey water tanks, so if you are somewhere for a while you can dump into that and then roll it to the dump site when needed. I would hate to see you find out the wrong way and ruin your trip.
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I always wonder what the ordnance is on the subject.

I never dump in the site. But really what is the difference with a tt tank, and a tenter dumping wash water.
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If you do not have a full hook up site that has a sewer hook up then you need to wait until you are leaving and dump at the dump station. If you do have a sewer hook up you should keep your gray water in the tank until after you have drained your black tank. We keep both tanks closed until the last day. We empty the black tank first and then empty the gray tank which helps to clean out the sewer hose.
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I always wonder what the ordnance is on the subject.

I never dump in the site. But really what is the difference with a tt tank, and a tenter dumping wash water.
Volume!
Tenter dumping 1-2 gallons of dishwater vs. Travel Trailer dumping 35-50 gallons of the same.
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NO. It is illegal in most places and a health hazard. Especially in congested campgrounds where multiple campers are trickling the grey water.

It stinks and many would not hesitate to report it. I would ask the cg staff if you have a question. I have been in cg's that had grey water dumps scattered around but a blue boy is needed.

Now out in Iowa, it may be welcomed in some places. Check the local laws.
I agree that grey water should not be dumped on the ground in most congested and busy campgrounds, but......what about tent campers that:
dump their dish washing water on the ground and some have outside shower enclosures so they don't have to go to the bathhouse to shower.

Fair is fair, but if grey water goes through a holding tank it can't be dumped on the ground?
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I always wonder what the ordnance is on the subject.

I never dump in the site. But really what is the difference with a tt tank, and a tenter dumping wash water.
My thought exactly.
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With the rise of nanny state politicians and environmentalists, there are all kinds of laws that try to control the issue.

Since common sense went out with the bath water years ago, Sorry I couldn't resist, there are "do not allow attempts" to make common sense legal. You know how that turns out!

Some states, Florida for instance have posted rules about dumping grey water even for tent campers. They do provide sinks. Georgia state parks provide grey locations for everyone's convenience.

I have even heard of some western states who encourage dumping. I am certain those are sparsely populated places.

Getting back to common sense, if you have ever been in a congested campground and smelled the odor from a large number of thoughtless people dripping their tanks, you may wish you could pass some laws too!

Volume and common sense is the key, Both are in short supply when camping without a sewer connection.
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