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Old 05-04-2003, 06:33 AM
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In these drought and water restricted times I am looking at ways of
using the rinse water from my front loading washing machine. One idea
I have heard is to get it to an external and raised 75l garbage bin
with hose attachement at the base.

Any ideas how to get the water outside ??

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In these drought and water restricted times I am looking at ways of
using the rinse water from my front loading washing machine. One idea
I have heard is to get it to an external and raised 75l garbage bin
with hose attachement at the base.

Any ideas how to get the water outside ??


You could try the bin with a hose setup at the bottom. Probably have to use
silicone or something to seal it.

I set up ours on Friday. A larger diameter hose slipped over the smaller
(prolly about 1 inch) drain hose. Not sure if all of them are the same, but
our drain hose just runs from the w/m to the laundry tub, a "u-turn" near
the end allows it to hook over.

I got the "irragation drag hose" from work (white ones similar to those that
are used at sports fields). Small holes in it meant it wouldn't handle big
pressure from our pumps at work, so it was useless. Bit of gaffa tape around
the holes and it's fine. Ran it out the back door to where I wanted it.
Simply slide it off or if you have room roll it up in the laundry. Oh, and
with a bit of wire to support it, as the weight of the hose as it kept
wanting to slide off. Certainly not permanent, but enough to see us through
(I hope).

So if you can get hold of this hose, maybe through a hardware store or
irrigation store. Just measure the size of the drain hose and let them know.
Oh, and the fit doesn't have to be perfect. Tape works wonders.

Do not try shoving a small normal type garden hose up the drain hose, and
taping it up as my neighbour suggested. Chances are the pressure from bigger
to smaller will cause it to blow out, or even put strain on the rinse pump.

Once you get it outside, then do whatever. Fill a 44gallon drum, run it onto
lawn or into garden. I ran it to our other "wheely bin" which is normally
used for green waste around here. Our compost bin renders it useless. I was
suprised that between my g/f and I, almost a weeks worth of washing filled
the bin with drain water, and that's with a new type w/m.

I will probably just let the drain water run out onto the back lawn next
time, as the wheely bin is full. Oh yeah, I'm just filling a watering can by
"dunking" it in the top of the wheely bin. Takes a while to water, but will
come in handy to do all the garden if needed.

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we bought some extra hose the same diametere as the washing machine
hoe and used the w/machine pump to disgtribute the water to our
gardens.

len

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Gen,

the water useage of a front loader is hardly worth the effort! As well,
you have to be there just at the right time to catch the rinse and not the
suds. The frontloadre is a great contribution to water conservation
anyway.

Good on you for your thoughtfulness but best idea is to try for your
shower/bath water. A bit of soap/shampoo is no problem (compared to highly
alkaline washer water). Would need more that a bucket though to catch that
lot. See if you can get a 200L plastic drum used for chemicals and
stockfeed etc.

If you can arrange the pipework, letting it run to the garden and spread out
is OK. Need a valve to have choice of garden or drain.

good luck, Jim

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In these drought and water restricted times I am looking at ways of
using the rinse water from my front loading washing machine. One idea
I have heard is to get it to an external and raised 75l garbage bin
with hose attachement at the base.

Any ideas how to get the water outside ??



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Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch, len brauer was heard to sing:

|| we bought some extra hose the same diametere as the washing machine
|| hoe and used the w/machine pump to disgtribute the water to our
|| gardens.

Where did you get the hose in that diameter? WE have been looking for a
few weeks.
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how do you know i got a pawpaw patch?? lol

from a specialist hose shop if you can't get exactly the same either
use the next size down or the next size larger. check shops that sell
water pumps etc.,. they may be able to help, it can be that clear hose
pipe.

len

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Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch, len brauer was heard to sing:

|| how do you know i got a pawpaw patch?? lol
||
|| from a specialist hose shop if you can't get exactly the same either
|| use the next size down or the next size larger. check shops that sell
|| water pumps etc.,. they may be able to help, it can be that clear hose
|| pipe.
||

Tried hardware stores, plumbers fitting stores etc, no avail.
You have a brand name stamped on it by any chance?

Thanks

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no i just picked up some clear tube from my local hardware, most
places have a specialist hose shop around or even a pump supply shop
(rural).

at our new place here all grey water (kitchen/bath/wash/machine) goes
through a graes trap into a grey water tank where the water is never
stored and feeds (gravity) direct to our fruit tree orchid.

at my homes in the burb's all our wash/machine water got pumped to the
vege gardesn and all our bathwater was diverted to the same places. we
found that we could get just as good a wash with app 1/3 the
recommended suds in the machine. least why's we never had any problems
either way, and still not getting any.

we did always keep moving the outlet around to share the water.

len

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"August" wrote in message
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Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch, len brauer was heard to sing:

|| how do you know i got a pawpaw patch?? lol
||
|| from a specialist hose shop if you can't get exactly the same either
|| use the next size down or the next size larger. check shops that sell
|| water pumps etc.,. they may be able to help, it can be that clear hose
|| pipe.
||

Tried hardware stores, plumbers fitting stores etc, no avail.
You have a brand name stamped on it by any chance?

Thanks

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I will have a look at our brand tomorrow, and ask the irrigation guy at work
where he gets them from.
Just one thing though, there is possibly a cheaper version better suited to
the job. Much like the "normal" hoses, green with a yellow stripe, this is
the same, but a bigger diameter. The same sort of regular clip on fittings
are used on it too, only bigger. However, they still do clip on to a
standard tap. Unlike the white ones I mention, which have brass screw on
fitting, no clipping on, but they still will screw onto a standard tap.
The only problem we had with them, is while they were soft, they would go
rock hard with the pressure in them. Carts driving over them would cause the
casing to rupture, therfore creating big bulges, and eventually splitting.

But in a backyard situation they'd be fine, and cheaper.

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Gen,

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Good on you for your thoughtfulness but best idea is to try for your
shower/bath water. A bit of soap/shampoo is no problem (compared to

highly
alkaline washer water). Would need more that a bucket though to catch

that
lot. See if you can get a 200L plastic drum used for chemicals and
stockfeed etc.

If you can arrange the pipework, letting it run to the garden and spread

out
is OK. Need a valve to have choice of garden or drain.

good luck, Jim


You just reminded me.
My g/f's father bought some large 220litre drums today, with a screw on lid,
for $20 each that would be perfect for the water catchment!!
We had them at work to put bags of grass seed in to stop the rats getting to
it. They look very similar to the small home brew fermenting tanks, though
with no tap.
Anyway the ones at work once had olives in them, the ones bought today used
to have cherry's in them.
A guy not far from here sells them out the front of his house. I am not sure
where else you could get these. Maybe an olive farm or cherry farm??
For anyone who may be in the area:
I live in Forster on the Mid North Coast. They are for sale on the road
between this town and Taree, on the Lakesway. If heading towards Forster
from Taree go past the Big Buzz Fun park (which is on the right), well
between that and Blackhead turnoff on the left you will see them for sale
near the edge of the road. There were plenty left as of this afternoon.
Hope this info helps some people.


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Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch, Andrew G was heard to sing:

|| "August" wrote in message

|| http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AussieRenovaters
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|| I will have a look at our brand tomorrow, and ask the irrigation guy at work
|| where he gets them from.
|| Just one thing though, there is possibly a cheaper version better suited to
|| the job. Much like the "normal" hoses, green with a yellow stripe, this is
|| the same, but a bigger diameter. The same sort of regular clip on fittings
|| are used on it too, only bigger. However, they still do clip on to a
|| standard tap. Unlike the white ones I mention, which have brass screw on
|| fitting, no clipping on, but they still will screw onto a standard tap.
|| The only problem we had with them, is while they were soft, they would go
|| rock hard with the pressure in them. Carts driving over them would cause the
|| casing to rupture, therfore creating big bulges, and eventually splitting.
||
|| But in a backyard situation they'd be fine, and cheaper.
||
I am, and have been, using the boring old garden hose, but it's not good
for the pump, I know (

The thread has prompted me to go hose hunting.

Besides, half the water goes down the trough anyway, as it 'misses' the
hose altogether.

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Tried hardware stores, plumbers fitting stores etc, no avail.
You have a brand name stamped on it by any chance?

Thanks

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The brand on the white hose is "Rubicon 25mm Parks and Dairy Australia"
I have seen others around at work, exactly the same but is says "Irrigation
Drag Hose".

The green ones, I couldn't find a brand on them. Chances are 'cause we had
to always cut the bad bits out of them, so the brand may have been cut out.

I asked the irrigation guy at work, he can't remember where the big white
hoses come from. He guessed they were actually bought through some sort of
Golf Course Supplies, by our Superintendent. The green ones came from a
local Plumbing place, "Colemans" which is a local turnout.

Oh, and it looks like all this use of rinse water has just come in real
handy. Just then the next stage comes in here (Great Lakes area) at
midnight Thursday. No outside watering whatsoever except with
buckets/watering cans for one hour in the morning, one hour at night.

Pretty ironic. 1min drive away we have the pacific ocean, 3mins drive away,
Wallis Lake, full of salt water. If only there was some sort of filtration
system in place, we would have plenty of drinking water.

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Yes we need more people to use grey water from their houses especially in
times of drought. You can pump your water out with a pump/power head see
your local aquarium/garden centre. Please keep in mind that your local
council may place restrictions on you doing this I think some of them do. It
should be processed first I think.

If more people thought this way maybe the councils would help with greywater
recycling and help the environment. Heather.
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In these drought and water restricted times I am looking at ways of
using the rinse water from my front loading washing machine. One idea
I have heard is to get it to an external and raised 75l garbage bin
with hose attachement at the base.

Any ideas how to get the water outside ??



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Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch, Andrew G was heard to sing:

|| The brand on the white hose is "Rubicon 25mm Parks and Dairy Australia"
|| I have seen others around at work, exactly the same but is says "Irrigation
|| Drag Hose".
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