Reuse of rainwater, greywater and blackwater is legal in New Mexico. In nature, water is used as many times as possible before leaving the landscape as groundwater or evaporation. We can utilize this same conservationist approach to maximize potential water use.
What is greywater?
Greywater is water that has been used in a home and comes from bathroom sinks, shower, baths and washing machines.
What is blackwater?
Blackwater is water from the kitchen sink and toilets.
What policies or government agencies mandate and regulate water use in New Mexico?
Usage of greywater and blackwater is regulated by the New Mexico Environmental Department. You can find a lot of useful info on their website: www.nmenv.state.nm.us/fod/LiquidWaste/graywater.html.
What are some ways grey and black water can be reused?
Greywater is the simpler of the two to use. Greywater can be used by sending water outside to planter beds that are sunken below the ground, or used in a pumice wick system. For some great ideas see Art Ludwig’s Create an Oasis with Greywater and see our Water Recycling page. Contact us for a free estimate on how to intelligently recycle your water.
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