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I live in Florida and they apparently don't allow grey water reclamation. Does anyone else have this problem? Did you find a way around it? Legally or otherwise
 
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A properly designed mulch basin or banana circle is really hard to detect, just sayin....

Most places don't have any rules against carrying it out of the house in a bucket or watering can.
 
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Using greywater isn't legal in my area of Hawaii either, but I know of hundreds of people who send the greywater to their banana patches.
 
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Michigan allows "acceptable" gray water systems. Each county has their own rules about it. I hear California is making their own and I hope it leads other states to do the same.
 
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If you are on a site with an existing building, and you don't have neighbors with a grudge likely to report you, what's to prevent you from installing whatever you want? Particularly if the plumbing is all buried, all you will end up with are some nicely watered, healthy plants.
I kept humanure for ten years in a small apartment and nobody who I didn't want to know about it ever found out about it. It was a bucket in the closet, and when it was full it went out to be put in holes under new trees, or beside existing trees. Since I had a job as a gardener and was always to be seen hauling buckets of this and that all the time anyway, what's to see?
 
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I am lucky in that I purchased this land to build on. It has electricity, a septic system and water already from a previous double wide trailer. I've designed (with a little help from an architect) my new home but he was not too familiar with grey water systems. He just looked into the codes and probably forgot about it after seeing they were not allowed. I have not started building yet but hopefully in the next six months.

My land is pretty flat the whole way around aside from a few low spots here and there. Any suggestions or recommendations for books with design plans? I'm trying to build mostly myself (Unfortunately,Florida also mandates the use of a general contractor or else they won't insure) with as little help from contractors but right now that's looking less and less feasible.

It's terrible that a guy with plenty of years of framing experience, a father-in-law whom built his own home by himself, and a retired buddy formerly licensed in electrical and plumbing, can't come together and build a simple four walled home.
 
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Unfortunately Florida is one of many states where you currently can't get a permit to install a system greywater systems. Florida actually does have greywater regulations, but the are extremely restrictive (only allowing greywater to be used for toilet flushing). If anyone on this thread is interested in a little
background info on Florida's code you can read it here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ae453

You asked about a how-to book- my new book The Water-Wise Home teaches you how to design and install greywater irrigation systems.
You can also get a good overview with some construction details in this manual you can download for free. San Francisco Graywater Design Manual for Outdoor Irrigation
 
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Laura, thank you. I will pick up your book and look through the building plans. Also, That Florida code will be a big help. Much appreciated
 
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