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Old 08-15-2013, 07:24 AM   #21
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The only time I usually let the drain water out is at our county fair - and then most everyone does it. Of course, this is a bit different. It is for the most part only used the week of the fair so that ground will usually absorb the water rather quickly. It isn't like a normal campground where it would be a constant thing. I (and most) usually just keep the valve barely cracked so that the water trickles out really slow and is absorbed by the ground quicker than it runs out. I've never noticed any smell.

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Old 08-15-2013, 09:30 AM   #22
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I don't see what the big deal with a little soap and water on the ground as long as there is no other chemicals in it. But I do know that here in CA at some of the desert state parks you aren't allowed to dump your grey water and the ranger will come give you a ticket. This is a little odd to me because we are out in the middle I'd the desert. But rules are rules.

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Old 08-16-2013, 06:26 AM   #23
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:42 AM   #24
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I was always told not to crap in my mess kit! I think it applies here somehow.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:44 PM   #25
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I was always told not to crap in my mess kit! I think it applies here somehow.
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:52 PM   #26
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In Ontario, Canada at the Provincial Parks a guide I found on the internet says to dump dishwater in the vault toilets, not that I have actually seen anyone do it!
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:00 PM   #27
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Best to follow CG rules whatever they are, but just don't buy the enviro issues that are all too often quoted when talking about grey water. With TT's you need to dump the grey tank after doing the black tank so you can flush out your line / hose. Have ran into problems when camping without modern facilities [showers] and have to use the shower in the TT. End up filling the grey tank real fast. As long as the grey tank is only used for the purpose intended, the only real issue is mud and soapy puddles around the site that you leave for the next guy. We manage our grey tank by not using the onboard showers when there are options at the campground. BUT we kind of do the same thing with the black tank by using the campground facilities when ever possible.
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Sorry to dredge up an old subject...I'm a LEO and understand the importance of following the rules, but I have to ask why?? Can someone please explain the "official" reason as to why we cannot dump gray water? I've see the hose attachment for the valve attachment and if u run. 50 ft hose off into the woods, what would be the harm. Again, ONLY dumping gray water. I have been camping in the Austin area this past week with only electric and water and have gotten good use out of my 42 gallon tote this week. I do NOT have the valve/hose attachment, but I'm very curious as to the "offiical" reason. I'm not willing to pay the $500 dollar fine for the dumping of gray water, but still curious! Thanks in advance for everyone's input!
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:24 PM   #29
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there may be things not enviromently friendly like dish soap ,food particles that attract critters and bears
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Over years of dumping, soap and other "things" will contaminate the ground, and ground water. Eventually everything gets into ground water. You dump, it sits on the surface, then it rains, soaks in a little. Then you dump more, it rains more. etc etc etc. over time.....nothing good can come of it.

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