News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Care needed with greywater as water rationing continues

Care needed with greywater as water rationing continues

22 March 2013

An Environmental Science and Research (ESR) scientist says householders should take care using greywater to water their gardens as water rationing in the Wellington region continues.

Greywater is the waste water from showers, baths, hand basins and laundries. It can contain disease-causing organisms.

Dr Alma Siggins, ESR’s lead scientist for greywater research at the Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research, says that using water from laundries and bathrooms to water plants can be an excellent way to save water.

However Dr Siggins says that ESR testing shows that householders need to use greywater with care.

“Our analysis of greywater has shown that it can contain bacteria and viruses that might make you ill,” she says. “Using greywater on plants that will be consumed raw, such as in your veggie garden, is not a good idea.”

“While we wait for more rain, safe use of greywater can relieve the pressure on water supplies.”

Tips for safe greywater use


• Only use greywater on plants that aren’t going to be eaten.


• Never use water that has been in contact with human waste. For example, washing nappies.


• Use greywater immediately. Storing the water can result in the disease causing organisms to increase, especially during hot weather.


• Don’t use greywater if anyone in your household is sick.

For more details on greywater research, suppliers and technical information visit: www.greymatters.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

A Series Of Tubes: 150 Years Of The Cook Strait Cable

“It was a momentous achievement for its time. The successful connection came on the third attempt at laying the cable, and followed a near disaster when the first cable snapped - almost destroying the ship Weymouth in the process,” says Ms Adams. More>>

ALSO:

February 2017: Guns N' Roses - New Zealand Dates Announced

Founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have regrouped for one of the century’s most anticipated tours... Rolling Stone said: "This was the real thing, the thing we'd all been waiting for: the triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history. And it happened in our lifetime.” More>>

Werewolf: Brando, Peckinpah And Billy The Kid

Gordon Campbell: Initially, One-Eyed Jacks was supposed to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script by Sam Peckinpah – yet it quickly became Brando’s baby... More>>

Book Awards: ANZAC Heroes Wins Margaret Mahy Book Of The Year

“Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values,” say the judges of the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category. More>>

Baby Animals: Hamilton Zoo Rhino Calf Named

Hamilton Zoo’s latest rhino calf has been named Samburu and he's being celebrated with a unique zoo experience... Samburu arrived after his mother Kito’s 16-month pregnancy and the calf brings the number of white rhinos at Hamilton Zoo to six. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Rio Olympics

Were you pretty excited earlier this week when Vietnam won its first ever Olympic gold medal? Hanoi, reportedly, went wild... Perhaps we should keep Vietnam’s golden moment in mind as we gear up for saturation media coverage of New Zealand’s medal achievements in Rio. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news