greywater

Greywater 101 class, Monday, March 11, 6:30- 8:00pm, Louise Lowry Davis Center

Wondering if a Laundry to Landscape or Shower to Flowers greywater system is right for you? If so, join us for Greywater 101! In this class, you'll get an overview of the concepts, designs, installation, best practices, and financial incentives for the two greywater systems that are now permit free in Santa Barbara County. We will also go over the eleven conditions required for a laundry to landscape system to be permit free.This class includes a short Powerpoint presentation, playing with mock-up parts for a laundry to landscape system, and considering individual questions about specific properties and their unique characterisitcs and challenges.  Get the answers we don't have time to go into in depth at our hands-on workshops. 

Suggested donation $10 per person or $15 a couple. Please register online or pay with cash or by check at the door.

Class will be held at the Louise Lowry Davis Center on De La Vina and Victoria in downtown Santa Barbara. This class is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program.

Please contact barbara wishingrad at info@sweetwatercollaborative.org or 805-403-4566 for more information. Register now.

Site Assessment 101, Thurs Nov 15, 6:30-8:00 PM

How do you read a landscape's potential for water wise changes? What are common water wise practices in our area? Get the answers to these questions and learn to enhance your landscape's beauty and functionality in this class! Register Now


Location: MacKenzie Park Adult Building, 3200 State St at Las Positas
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Parking: Free parking available in adjacent lot


In this class you'll learn:
• to create a site plan,
• how to plot trees and plants in your landscape,
• what happens to water on your property,
• to calculate how much rainwater you can capture from you roof and where to use it ,
• how much greywater could be available to use in your landscape,
• soil characteristics,
• to read a water bill
• to create water use goals,
• water needs of plants and trees and best care practices,
• to make your landscape more water wise.

Greywater 101, Thurs Dec 6, 6:30-8:00 PM

Interested in Laundry to Landscape or Shower to Flowers graywater systems? In this class, get an overview of the concepts, designs, installation, best practices, and financial incentives for the two graywater systems that are now permit free in Santa Barbara County. Register Now.

Class will be held at the MacKenzie Park Adult Building, 3200 State St, Santa Barbara, 93105.

This class includes a PowerPoint presentation, playing with mock-up parts for a laundry to landscape system, and considering individual questions about specific properties and their unique characteristics and challenges.
This class is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program. Suggested donation: $10/person or $15/couple can be made to Sweetwater Collaborate.
Register now or walk-in on the day of the class. 

Sweetwater to teach Greywater 101 class at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Nov 13

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Instructors: Barbara Wishingrad, Fred Hunter, and Josh Graning

Location: Blaksley Library

  Our three Sweetwater instructors are all Permaculture designers with a particular expertise in rainwater harvesting and greywater, and have been water wise educators for the past 4-10 years. We have designed and implemented dozens of greywater systems, both in Sweetwater hands-on workshops, and as part of a professional landscape construction company. Barbara Wishingrad and Josh Graning were both certified as greywater installers through Greywater Action. Fred Hunter has been a licensed landscape contractor for over thirty years. We are all passionate about greywater use and re-use and sharing our ideas and tips for simple greywater systems.

Sweetwater Collaborative instructors

This class is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program.

Greywater 101 class Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM

Wondering if a Laundry to Landscape or Shower to Flowers greywater system is right for you? If so, join us for Greywater 101! In this class, you'll get an overview of the concepts, designs, installation, best practices, and financial incentives for the two greywater systems that are now permit free in Santa Barbara County. We will also go over the eleven conditions required for a laundry to landscape system to be permit free.

Location: Franklin Neighborhood Center (Multipurpose Room) 1136 E Montecito St Santa Barbara, CA, 93103.
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Parking: Free parking available in adjacent lot

Register now or walk-in on the day of the class.**

This class is sponsored in part by the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program. Suggested donation: $10/person or $15/couple can be made to Sweetwater Collaborate.

This class includes a Powerpoint presentation, playing with mock-up parts for a laundry to landscape system, and considering individual questions about specific properties and their unique characterisitcs and challenges.

**When you register online for a Sweetwater event, we automatically add your email address to receive our occasional e-bulletin of upcoming hands-on workshops and other events.

Free SB County Greywater and Integrated Resource Management Handbook

The Free SB County Greywater and Integrated Resource Management Handbook is now available!—see link below. The Handbook was produced by Santa Barbara County, with Art Ludwig and Oasis Design as the lead contributor, coordinator, researcher, visionary and designer of the handbook. Barbara Wishingrad of Sweetwater Collaborative was a main contributor.

Contributors
  • Art Ludwig, Oasis Design, author of Create an Oasis with Greywater, Builder’s Greywater Guide, Water Storage, Laundry to Landscape (video)
  • Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, volumes 1 and 2
  • Barbara Wishingrad, Sweetwater Collaborative
  • Alison Jordan, Gardens by Alison Jordan, former Water Conservation Supervisor, City of Santa Barbara
  • Joseph Marshall, illustrator
  • Michael Smith, developmental editing
  • Kate Herman, proofreading
  • Tyrone LaFay, editing and project management
  • Dave Muffly, Arborist
  • Fred Hunter, CEO and landscape contractor, Regenerative Landscape Alliance
  • LoaCom, cover art and graphics
  • Mike Gordon, cover illustration

Handbook download link

Dates for spring 101 classes

We had a great series of classes this winter, and have now confirmed that we'll be doing another series of four 101 classes this spring in the City of Santa Barbara- they will all be held at the Franklin Community Center, 1136 E Montecito St Santa Barbara, CA, 93103. The classes we'll offer will be:

Water Wise Site Assessment 101 on Monday, April 30, from 7-8:30 PM

Rainwater Harvesting 101, on Monday, May 7, from 7-8:30 PM

Greywater 101, on Tuesday, May 22, from 7-8:30 PM

Water Wise Landscape Maintenance 101, on Tuesday, May 29, from 7-8:30 PM

Click on the link to each class to get more details.

If you have come to a Sweetwater class once, you may want to attend again and refresh your knowledge. You can also share this opportunity with neighbors and friends.

We will continue to offer our 101 classes FREE to recent evacuees.  Classes are actually free for anyone in the community, although we ask for a suggested donation. We will encourage recent evacuees not to donate. Please spread the word.

Online registration for classes is encouraged although not required.

Greywater 101 class, Tues Jan 30, 2018

Greywater (or graywater) is any water that has been used in a home except toilet water, which is called black water.  This includes water that drains from washing machines, sinks, showers and tubs.  Kitchen sink and dishwasher water is sometimes called dark grey water, as it maycontain grease and food particles, which can cause clogging and slow infiltration into the soil. 

The easiest way to direct greywater into your yard is from the washing machine, with the Laundry to Landscape system.  In 2009, California passed a new regulation providing for installation of laundry to landscape systems in residences without the need for a permit, as long as certain conditions are met. These conditions are perfect for sending the water to fruit trees.
 
Sweetwater is offering a basic class in Greywater Design and Installation for anyone in the community who is interested. This class includes a Powerpoint presentation, playing with mock-up parts for a laundry to landscape system, and considering individual questions about specific properties and their unique characteristics and challenges. Get the answers we don't have time to go into in depth at our hands-on workshops. Register now.

Laundry to landscape installations will be highlighted although other greywater possibilities will be discussed. A variety of options for design and installation and financial incentives will also be shared. We will also show some examples of branched drain systems.

The Movable Laundry greywater system

Art Ludwig, designer of the laundry to landscape and branched drain greywater systems. has developed a simplier, more effective way to get water from high efficiency washers into the landscape. The new design is called Movable Laundry to landscape, although we're not sure that name will stick. At any rate, it offers a way for greywater to be distributed from washing machines through a movable hose, if installed according to specific requirements, so that each wash would water a particular plant instead of dividing up a small amount of water between numerous plants. This sytem also allows the user more control of what will be watered.

The Movable Laundry to landscape design has beene released in the new Santa Barbara County Greywater Handbook, which has just been published. Barbara Wishingrad of Sweetwater Collaborative was a major contributor to the Handbook; the lead for that project was Art Ludwig and Oasis Design. 

See http://www.waterwisesb.org/uploadedFiles/waterwisesb/Content/landscape/G... to download the handbook. Moveable Laundry to Landscape system can be found on page 38.

Dive Down Laundry to Landscape Workshop, Sat Sept 17, 10-3:00

Help run washer water down a hill into a backyard full of fruit trees. Learn about connections before and after a crawlspace, using different sized landscape tubing, and unique water needs of each tree. We will also water four rose bushes with greywater. The workshop will take place on the Eastside of Santa Barbara. Register now

There are lots of different subtle heights in this yard that will make the work interesting. There'll be some digging of mulch basins but greywater installation is more about connections and valves than digging. We'll help put together plumbing in the laundry room that has already been dry fit, and then jump to the landscape, from a pipe that has already been run through a crawlspace.

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