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Adding Clothes Washer Water to Cistern

Posted by bloominmary PA6 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 27, 02 at 18:52

We have a cistern into which all the roof run-off empties, thanks to my husband's re-routing of all the spouting. What I'm wondering is this: I'd like to empty the clothes washer water into the same cistern. Can I do so without creating problems with bacteria build-up, and/or is there anything I can safely put into the cistern to "purify" the water and still be able to use it for the garden?

Thanks in advance for any information.


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RE: Adding Clothes Washer Water to Cistern

Don't mix rainwater and "grey water" from household sources. And remember to COVER the cistern so it doesn't turn into a mosquito nursery.

Collect the washer water in a separate container and use it promptly (flowers and shrubs ONLY, not vegetables) - it gets that "dirty dish rag" smell quickly. Doesn't hurt the plants, but it's smelly. Be sure you are using plant-safe soaps.

RE: Adding Clothes Washer Water to Cistern

I would like to know what or how your cistren is constructed...Is it above ground....Is it homemade....can you post a picture for us.....
I have thought a cistren was a "below ground" water container, like a septic tank, but for "clean" water...
I've thought about renting a backhoe & putting in a "cistren" of some type to catch my rain water from the house gutters...

See ya in the garden,
Joe B.

RE: Adding Clothes Washer Water to Cistern

Hello all,I know i'm responding to an old subject, but i'm new to the forum so I ask that you be patient with me. I have a cistern that is made out of cinder block.(sorry no picture right now) It was there when we recently got the house. Some wells in the area have gone dry. I want to line it with a fish safe liner. Why? because people are drilling for new wells and blasting the rock with dynamite which keeps cracking the cistern. OK the Q: If I do this can I drink the water safely? I just started to read the forum today and think it's great. I joined rightaway. Thanks db

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