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Al­though it’s quite a process to in­stall a grey wa­ter sys­tem in an es­tab­lished home, it is def­i­nitely pos­si­ble. Maskam Wa­ter pro­vides a to­tally in­te­grated grey wa­ter sys­tem that can be in­stalled on your prop­erty: • The sys­tem is fully fac­tory-fit­ted with all the nec­es­sary fil­ters and pumps. A plumber will in­stall it un­der­ground with just a green lid vis­i­ble above the ground. The tank comes in three sizes: 1 500L (suf­fi­cient for a house­hold of four), 3 000L and 7 000L. • The wa­ter from your wash­ing ma­chine, shower, bath and basins is col­lected via the var­i­ous drain­pipes and redi­rected to the un­der­ground tank. Your roof gut­ters can also be con­nected to the sys­tem to col­lect rain­wa­ter. • The un­der­ground tank has two ‘cham­bers’. In the first cham­ber, any fats and oils from the wa­ter are sep­a­rated; they then flow away into the mu­nic­i­pal sewer. A fil­ter in this cham­ber cap­tures all waste prod­ucts such as hair and lint (you can clean this fil­ter your­self every six months). The cleaner wa­ter left behind, as well as rain­wa­ter, is stored in the sec­ond cham­ber. • Wa­ter in the sec­ond cham­ber is pu­ri­fied by means of an air pump and a fine bub­ble disc dif­fuser sim­i­lar to those you find in a fish tank (only big­ger). The wa­ter is even clean enough to be used for irrigation with­out it clog­ging your sprayers. An ul­tra­vi­o­let light kills germs in the wa­ter. • For flush­ing toi­lets, a grey wa­ter pipe fit­ted with an­other fil­ter is laid to the toi­let. A dose of chlo­rine fed di­rectly into this pipe dis­in­fects the wa­ter and pre­vents al­gal growth; it also erad­i­cates bad odours. The pipe then goes through the bath­room wall and is con­nected to the cis­tern via a sec­ond tap (next to the mu­nic­i­pal tap); the mu­nic­i­pal tap is dis­con­nected so that there’s no back­wash to the mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter sys­tem – a non-re­turn valve is there­fore not re­quired.

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