At Pottery House we try to be environmentally friendly and we already have a Bronze from the Green tourism scheme, but we're always looking for ways to improve.
It occurred to us the other day that we use quite a lot of water on the garden so it would be good to find a way to reuse household waste. We have a plan!!!
As Pottery House is built on a hill there is a large area under the house, through which the pipes and electrics run. We've had the idea of putting a couple of water tanks under there and connecting them up to the waste pipes from the washing machines in the utility room. We will then get an old shower-pump and connect the tanks, via the pump, to a tap on the outside of the house. Then whenever we want water for the garden we can use the waste from the washing machines instead of fresh water.
As we always use ECOVER washing products there shouldn't be an issue with the water quality.
Seems like a great idea, so we're going to give it a try. We where in Wicks the other day and saw a large water-butt which would be perfect for our needs, so we bought it. First hitch, the water butt is too big to fit under the house. So we'll have to go back to the original plan of 1 or two water tanks.
Will keep you posted on this mammoth project!