1. Simply trickling or dumping GW in a regular CG Site is gross and rude. If everyone did it, can you imagine the mess?
2. It's not legal in the vast majority of places, even though the law is pretty much ridiculous for gray water.
3. Where it is legal, I would have no issues whatsoever dumping my GW, but away from the camper with a hose into bushes, or such. Sometimes rules that the environmentalists have pushed for are just unreasonable... However, all it takes is a few rude pigs out there to help them justify them.
Paul & Sandra
New Bedford, MA
2003 Monaco Executive M43 DS2
I carry a 100ft of dirty hose and use it to drain in the woods. Sorry I know no one agrees with me, but when I do I am sure it is way away from anyone and has enough space between where I drain and any water source. I live in the country one side of me my neighbor grows hogs 2000 at a time, he has a 5 acre lagoon where the waste goes, on the other side of me my brother has 50000 hens.He has a "pit" where he puts deceased chickens. I like pork and eggs, Remember folks it has to be grown somewhere. I am telling this because I sure don;t think 40 gallons of GW is really going to matter!
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It depends on area. With how fast people will get the ranger or camp staff for any perceived infraction, it isn't a matter of if, but when, when it comes to the "caught" status. Plus, virtually everyone has some sort of camera, so it likely would get taped, and said recording wind up in a local DA's E-mail inbox in a matter of minutes.
Where I am, inappropriate dumping of grey water results in a $2,500 fine.
You can run water straight from the source to the ground and you are fine. The moment the water passes into a containment vessel (i.e. holding tank), it becomes hazardous material at that point and must be properly disposed of.
Thanks everybody for your thoughts. I searched on the Internet to see if there are laws about dumping grey water in my state. I haven't found the answer to that question but did come across this thread on another forum.
Dumping gray Water on the ground?
There was a thread a while back entitled "Why do people do this?" It started by mentioning someone dumping gray water on the ground. Now I don't want to start this again, but instead, inform everyone that reads this, of a show on Public Television entitled "Ask This Old House" Yesterday they had an episode, where in California, they rerouted a ladies home washing machine waste water, and used it for an irrigation system. Said it was legal and encouraged there. Also said they could use sink and shower water also. Found it very interesting after the 200 plus replies to the other thread, and sometimes heated discussion.
I'm not agreeing, or disagreeing, just stating what I saw on public television, and I'm sure they don't have the funds to make stuff up.
I'd like to add a different thought to the discussion.
We boondock and according to the laws here we could dump the grey water but we don't.
We see areas where people have dumped and fresh vegetation will start growing and then die due to lack of water. That just leaves more dry fuel for the forest fires.
We are lucky that our rig fits us. We spent 10 days and averaged 4 gal a day for the two of us including showers every other day. We had plenty of tank when we left.
2011 GulfStream Amerilite 25BH
2007/2003 Ford Expedition
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