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Old 08-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Grey water in the bush?

I rented a spot in a seasonal park where everybody runs their grey water into a hole in the ground beside the trailer nobody seems to know if its illegal or not. I should mention the unwritten park rule is to use eco friendly products only. I googled around the government sites couldn't find anything,this is in Saskatchewan by the way
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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Don't know what the Canadian laws are, but here in the States, most CGs prohibit dumping your waste, even gray water, anywhere except into approved sewer systems/dumping stations. There is good reason for this - even use of so-called eco friendly products can still contaminate the ground water, and the majority of CGs use one or more wells to supply clean ground water. Illegal or not, IMHO, dumping waste water directly on the ground is a bad practice, and should be avoided.
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Really doesn't sound like a good idea to me either I'm going to keep hauling mine over to the dump station, its really not that hard to dump two tanks with my quad. I thought there must be a law against it.
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Sounds like a practice that has its roots in Haiti or someplace similar. I see at least 2 problems with that...the potential for surface water contamination and creating an unsanitary condition right next to your site. For some reason giving a dishpan of wash water the heave ho into the woods seems different than letting it trickle from your gray tank. Maybe it's because the heave ho is spread out over a rather large area and is dissipated quickly whereas the trickle stays in a concentrated area.

To me it's a lot like my jerk neighbor that burns his garbage in the firepit so I can enjoy the stench or me bagging my trash and walking it to the dumpster.
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What about our neighbors the tent campers. Where do they dump their gray water from washing dishes and also those stand up outside shower enclosures. Why can and do they dump gray water on the ground and you can't if it goes through a holding tank first? Something isn't right about this.
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It all varies by state/province and in many cases it is controlled by the local/county Health Dept.. We've been to some CG that encouraged you to water their trees with the grey water and we've been to others that definitely forbid it. We've even had rallies at some state Fair Grounds that allow it to be dumped. So I would just follow the locals.
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Re: Grey water in the bush?

Many of the older houses in South Texas had grey water plumbed outside to water gardens. I know several that still water this way and haven't heard of any ill effects.
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Bat119 I am in Saskatoon and after a lot of searching I found one little mention that you could not dump GREY water within 200 meters of rivers lakes or streams. I have 2 "blue boys" and prefer to haul everything to a dump site..
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What about our neighbors the tent campers. Where do they dump their gray water from washing dishes and also those stand up outside shower enclosures. Why can and do they dump gray water on the ground and you can't if it goes through a holding tank first? Something isn't right about this.
This is my train of thought as well. I see no issue with putting soapy water on the ground.
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Many of the older houses in South Texas had grey water plumbed outside to water gardens. I know several that still water this way and haven't heard of any ill effects.
Recently I saw a HGTV show showing "ECO Friendly" ways to conserve water. The focused on a business in SF that plumbed washing machines to drain to a cistern and that water was then used to water landscaping. To me this isn't any different than dumping gray water on the ground. Personally I don't, I have a tote that we used to haul to a dump station, but regardless if super liberal & environmental SF doesn't have an issue what is the issue to grey dump in the woods. Now, a serious caveat, would be if you are using some type on non-eco friendly additive to the tank prior to dumping or causing issues for fellow campers.
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