Free Gray Water workshop in Missoula this Saturday! Saving water: one shower at a time
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On Saturday, November 10, S.A.V.E. will be holding a public event about gray water at Home Resource from 12-3 pm. Please attend to learn more about gray water options in Montana, see the gray water system for raffle and observe a demonstration on how to set up your own system using resources available from Home Resource. A display and gray water raffle will remain through the 18th.
Water is a precious resource in the Big Sky State. This summer's fires illustrate the crucial need for water. Between agriculture, ranching, and common household use, we use every single drop.
In the last legislative session, a new law was passed to address water conservation. This new law makes gray water systems legal in the state. A gray water system allows homeowners to reuse wastewater for irrigating their plants or lawns. This law was a return to Montana's rural ranching past, when reusing water was just common sense.
Michele Reinhart (D-Missoula) sponsored the bipartisan legislation, gaining support on both sides of the aisle during the contentious Session. "This a good bill that allows an important water conservation measure, especially as continued drought reminds us how important water is to Montana," she said.
The group that came forward with this legislation, The Student Advocates for Valuing the Environment (S.A.V.E) Foundation, is based in Helena. The group is now traveling around the state to spread the word about the potential for gray water systems. There will be a gray water display at Home Resource this month. The group is also giving away a gray water system in a free raffle. This system, designed for homes of up to five persons, allows a new home or renovation to reuse their non-septic water for irrigation or flushing toilets. In collaboration with Home Resource and the Missoula Urban Demonstration project, the public is invited to attend two workshops demonstrating how to set up your own gray water system without having to purchase a prefabricated system. On Saturday, November 10, S.A.V.E. will be holding a public event about gray water at Home Resource from 12- 3 pm. Please attend to learn more about gray water options in Montana, see the gray water system for raffle and observe a demonstration on how to set up your own system using resources available from Home Resource.
Gray water can comprise up to three-quarters of a house's water use, includes most wash water, and is kept separate from black water, which comes from toilets and kitchen sinks. Gray water systems installed during new construction or renovation use the water to irrigate lawns and trees (typically sub irrigation) or for toilets. When the system is not in use, a valve directs the water to the normal sewage system. Gray water systems offer low-cost urban alternatives to dams and conventional sewer systems. Gray water systems can protect public health and resources, reduce water use, and direct nutrients to soil where they can be readily absorbed.
S.A.V.E. started as a recycling effort at Carroll College in Helena and is now a non-profit which has greatly expanded recycling in Helena. S.A.V.E. members and activists regularly cross the state with country music and an old truck with their "Biodiesel Montana" program, and work on common sense policy to enable environmental stewardship through the "three Rs" of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
"Protecting the environment is something we can and should do on a daily basis with our choices and habits," said Matthew Elsaesser, S.A.V.E. Director, "measures such as this play an important role."
More information about gray water and S.A.V.E. is available online at Savemobile.org
or at 406.431.0815.
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