Upcoming Greywater Workshops – October 2011

September 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Joe's Washing Machine, hooked up to water trees and berries

In October 2011, Greywater Action are teaching workshops in Southern California. Greywater Action are the great folks formerly known as Greywater Guerillas, then they changed their names after the state of California went and made greywater legal. These are the folks who installed (and taught how to install) my home washing machine greywater system that I wrote about here.

If you’re in Los Angeles, there are greywater workshops on Friday October 14th and Saturday October 15th – both at Los Angeles Eco-Village. In Santa Monica, similar workshops on Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th. Bonus workshop on humanure (composting toilets) on Friday evening October 14th. Workshop details below and at Greywater Action website

Here are descriptions from Greywater Action:

Going Green with Greywater

  • When: Friday October 14, 2011 – 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • WhereL.A. Eco-Village 117 Bimini Pl Los Angeles CA 90004
  • Cost: Sliding scale $25-50 limited work trade positions available
  • Register here

Reusing greywater, water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, is a great way to save water! In this workshop you will learn safe and simple ways to reuse greywater, common types of systems, what products to use, and take a tour of several existing systems. We will also be creating a mock-up of a laundry-to-landscape greywater system with all the parts and tools needed to install it.

Greywater System Maintenance: Advanced Workshop

  • When: Friday October 14, 2011 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Where: L.A. Eco-Village 117 Bimini Pl Los Angeles CA 90004
  • Cost: Sliding scale $25-50
  • Register here

Simple greywater systems require very little maintenance, but a small amount is needed! An hour or two a year can keep greywater systems well functioning and improve their effectiveness.  In the workshop we’ll review best practices for creating long lasting systems. We’ll observe existing greywater systems that are between two and three years old, from washing machine, shower, and kitchen sink. Participants will practice balancing greywater flows, checking mulch basins, and doing any repairs needed on the system.We will also review greywater system design, calculating greywater flows, plant water requirements, and new greywater technologies.This is a hands-on workshop, please wear clothes and shoes for working. Please bring a notebook for taking notes.

Hands-on greywater installation workshop

  • When: Saturday October 15th, 11am-4pm
  • Where: Los Angeles (exact location will be emailed after registration is complete)
  • Cost: Sliding scale $30-$100, limited worktrade positions available
  • Register here

Learn how to divert greywater from a washing machine to irrigate the landscape with a laundry to landscape greywater system. This type of greywater system is low cost, does not require a permit, and is easy to install in most home applications. This is a hands-on class, participants will be learning about and participating in the construction of a real greywater system. The class will cover: Greywater principles, the best plants to water with greywater, common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and how to install a system that is legal under the new California code.

(for Santa Monica residents only) Design and install your own laundry to landscape greywater system

The low down on pee and poo- a composting toilet workshop.

  • When: Friday October 14th – 7:00 pm
  • Where: L.A. Eco-Village 117 Bimini Pl Los Angeles CA 90004
  • Cost: Sliding scale $15-$5
  • Reservations required: crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254

This workshop will cover: Ecological Sanitation – waterless toilets and urine harvesting – can save water, protect the environment, and create free fertilizer around the world. Learn the “how and why” of composting toilets and urine reuse, see projects from Mexico, China, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and the United States. Learn about options for homescale composting toilets from urban to rural applications, operation and maintenance needs, and common problems and solutions.

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