laundry to landscape

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.

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.

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.

Greywater- It's Berry Nice! L2L installation workshop, Sat Feb 20 from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

We planted a berry nice yard in January and it needs a steady source of water to grow well and be productive. Laundry greywater is the answer! Help us bring the water to the plants.  Register now

This workshop will take place in north Goleta, near Girsch Park. Once you sign up, we'll send you the exact address.

We will install a laundry to landscape greywater system starting at a high efficiency front loading washer that's in the garage right next to the front yard. We'll take the piping to the four blueberries, three blackberries, three raspberries, pineapple guava, Fuyu persimmon, and Brown Turkey Fig that we planted a couple of weeks ago.

 tree planting at a greywater workshop

     This will be a learning through doing workshop, with additional educational points reviewed during the break and lunch. If you want to learn more about greywater before the workshop, please see

     http://sweetwatercollaborative.org/basic-page/using-greywater-your-lands...

     http://oasisdesign.net/greywater/laundry/ and

     http://greywateraction.org/contentabout-greywater-reuse/

We also encourage you to attend one or more of our monthly lecture/classes on greywater to get answers to general questions or specifics not related to the workshop installation that we don't have time to cover during our hands-on workshops.  The suggested donation for these classes is just $10 per person.  Our next Greywater 101 class will take place on Thursday, February 18, just two days before this workshop. It will be from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Goleta Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117, in the Dining Hall. This event is co-sponsored by the Goleta Water District and the City of Goleta.

Join us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10:000am-3:00pm Be part of nourishing our berry nice food forest with fresh washer greywater.  Register now.

Hands-On Greywater Workshop for Professionals

This workshop was a collaboration between Art Ludwig, ecological systems designer and author, the City of Santa Barbara, and Sweetwater Collaborative. Art Ludwig led the design team and he, and Fred Hunter and Anthony Castelo of Sweetwater were instructors; Barbara Wishingrad coordinated the workshop.  Participation was limited to landscape professionals currently working in the field. The workshop hosts are long time environmental stewards, who photograph as well as write professionally about the environment. The result was: well, you'll see it here...

 

Welcome to the Sweetwater Greywater workshop The washer's where it all started The first three way valve diverts the greywater from the sewer

 

The second three way valve sends the greywater to either the front or side yard High above that valve, an air vent insures water will not back up into the washer

Getting the orientation at the workshop

Branched Drain in a Greene Garden Sept 2014

This was a unique project and a unique workshop. We wanted to do a greywater system from the washer; however, there was no space in the laundry room to put a three way valve because of the exquiisite cabinetry that we did not want to deface. Then we realized that the entrance to the crawlspoace was not far from the washer, and we could put a three way valve at that lower point- only it needed to be a larger valve, and we needed to do a branched drain (gravity fed) installation because we wouldn't be able to use the power of the washing machine pump. So we did. And sent 2" and 1 1/2" greywater pipes to the front yard, along the side of the house, and into the back yard to fruit trees there.  Below are the pictures of the story.

back yard before Side before front yard before

These images show the back, side and front yards before the greywater installation.

Here's the three way valve below the laundry room

Here's the three way valve in the crawlspace beneath the laundry room.

Now the workshop volunteers came together and put their shoulders to the wheel.

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