Greywater: could I do this?
I have just finished reading Create an Oasis with Greywater by Art Ludwig.
I understand the basic concepts (I think), but even the "simple" methods seem rather complicated, what with the plumbing, barrels, etc.
So, could I do this:
Attach non-kinking PVC flex pipe to the water outlet of the washing machine, run it just under the deck (about 16" off the ground), around the corner of the house, and into a mulched basin about 12" deep that would hold maybe 100-200 gallons of water. The end of the pipe would be hidden by plants, but it would be maybe 6" off the ground (to avoid any backwash).
I visualize the basin planted with maybe bulrush & cattail, with ornamentals (at this point) planted around the perimeter.
I am thinking of starting like this because there is obvious but not steep slope here. The fruit trees are further out, and I don't know at this point if there is enough slope from the house to them to completely drain the water.
There is pretty good drainage here (flattish but elevated land, drinking water is about 100 ft deep), so I am thinking that the water would fill the basin to some extent, then drain, fill & drain.
Here in the coastal Pacific NW, we do have some excessively heavy rain, but most of it is fairly light but steady. Also, up to a foot of snow at one time, sometimes none at all. Summers tend to be extremely dry.
Is this too simple? How far from the house should it be, minimum? Am I overlooking something(s).