Recycled Water Good for the Environment, Your Pockets

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Even with the all the recent rain we've received, we are still in a drought and city ordinances regarding water restrictions are still in place. However, some people are finding ways to water their lawn and also their neighbor's yard without being penalized.

Besides plastic and paper, you can add water to things that can be recycled. Westview Edition Resident, Randy Crutchfield, says he has been using "gray water" off and on for 20 years, but in the last two months he has been using it on a daily basis.

The process is fairly simple, water used from a bathtub, shower, and washing machines goes through a filtration system, which then goes through a hose to water his yard. Crutchfield says there are several benefits from recycling your water.

"You wouldn't be using the city water. You wouldn't have to be paying for it, which you would save in your water bill alone would pay for the system and plus they would be doing something good and green economically and ecologically friendly," Crutchfield said.

He says some people get sewer water confused with gray water but he wants to assure everyone it is not the same thing.

"People get it confused with black water sewer water and once you put it through a filter you generally don't have any smells or odors or problems. It's safe for animals and kids," Crutchfield said.

Randy tells NewsWest 9 with the gray water from his home, he is able to supply a water source to his neighbors yard.

"The neighbors trees were browning and turning. Since we started watering, we have noticed them come back and that's been over a period of only a month. The majority has been done with gray water and it's green and growing," Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield encourages everyone to start recycling water now before it's too late.

"We're gonna have a bigger water shortage than we have now. It's not going to get better, it's going to get worse, so anything that we can save, anything a gallon at a time, it will add up and make a difference," Crutchfield said.