Just to set the record straight…
1. Yes, I did read the books (all 3 of them)
2. No, you will not be forced to submit to using gray water or sign a contract (but a permit may be required)
3. Using gray water does not have to be painful and there is a sub-culture of people from all walks of life who practice using gray water on a daily basis
I am somewhat of an expert, after all my middle name is Gray. It is a family name and please notice it is spelled with an “a” and not an “e”. The Grey’s were horse thieves and rumor has it they also wasted water. It seems the modern day line of of the Grey’s have reached a new level of eccentric. The honest, water conserving side of the family uses an “a” to spell Gray.
My first thought for this post was to co-write it with fellow blogger Martha Golea. Unfortunately Martha, whose middle name is not Steele or Anastasia just bit her lip, rolled her eyes and let me know she has not read “the book” nor was it really her style…of literature. A quick check on Pinterest let me know she also wasn’t exactly into Tess of the D’Urbervilles either.
Despite what you may have heard, the book has a sub plot of water which is mentioned 49 times (thanks Kindle for PC). They also practice one of the more fun aspects of water conservation…bathing together.
Christian Grey also has a keen interest in sustainable power and using science to help feed the world. For those of you who might have read the book and forgot or doubt this fact, please let me remind you of the commencement speech at the WSU graduation, “Our aim is to develop viable and ecologically sustainable methods of farming for third world countries; our ultimate goal is to help eradicate hunger and poverty across the globe.”(1)
Energy and food are definitely two very important aspects for both developed and developing nations. However, both energy and food need water, which despite being free is a limited resource. Using gray water is one of the many tools we have in the Shed of Water Conservation.
Gray water, or “Showers to Flowers” is different than “Toilet to Tap”. Both are “Certified Pre Owned Water ™”, but gray water excludes water from the toilet which is referred to a black water. Specifically gray water comes from washing machines, showers, lavatory sinks, etc. and requires minimal or no filtration prior to non-potable use (no drinking or bathing). If, during a drought, you ever caught the water from the shower in a bucket and used it to water plants you used gray water.
The use of gray water can get a little tricky. If you are building a new house it is a little easier than retrofitting an older house, but it still can be done.
Here are a few gray water hard limits:
- Don’t store for more than can be used in 24 hours unless you plan on treating it
- Keep out of ground water
- Keep away from wells
- Don’t use water from the dishwasher (too many salts)
There are many other pros and cons in regards to the use of gray water, but we’ll save those for the next installment. Oh, did I forget to mention this kinky bloggering is a trilogy?
A. Gray Harris
CEO, Gray Water Enterprises Holdings, Inc.
(1) James, E L (2011-05-25). Fifty Shades of Grey (p. 172). The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House. Kindle Edition.