landscape


Greywater and Rainwater

Greywater

Irrigating your landscaping with greywater will save precious potable water resources, thereby conserving water and saving money. The average family of four can save about 30,000-40,000 gallons of water per year. 

The benefits of greywater recycling include conserving potable water, using less energy and chemicals, encouraging plant growth, reclaiming other wasted nutrients and easing the strain on septic tanks.

The following are additional resources for more information: greywater

Do I Need a Permit?

Currently, one system does not require a permit statewide: clothes washer only, or "Laundry to Landscape".

In certain areas of Santa Barbara County, simple systems (less than 250 gallons per day of discharge) or "Showers to Flowers" are also permit exempt.

- If you are within unincorporated Santa Barbara County and:
    - Provide your own well water
    - Receive your water from Goleta Water District, Carpinteria Valley Water District, Montecito Water District or San Marcos Mutual Water Company
- If you are within Santa Barbara City limits and:
    - Provide your own well water
    - Receive your water from the City of Santa Barbara
- If you are within the Buellton City limits and:
    - Provide your own well water

Complex systems (greater than 250 gallons per day of discharge), or any system that does not meet the State Plumbing Code requirements for clothes washer only or simple systems, will need a permit. Please check with your local building department regarding permitting.

Greywater is wastewater from bathtubs, showers, bathroom washbasins, clothes washers, and laundry tubs. On average up to 40 gallons per person of greywater is available to be recycled on a daily basis.


Rainwater rainwatergarden

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