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coolmom42

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I have a privacy tent and a solar shower. (Am in the process of selling the trailer.) This would be for use if I want to camp somewhere that doesn't have showers.

How is the best way to collect the gray water?

Once collected, I could put it in a bucket and take to a dump station. Just gotta figure out how to collect it.

I know in many areas it's an absolute no-no to let gray water run out on the ground, besides the issues with the mess.


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Posted: 09/21/12 08:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't think you can. was camping in NH this summer and the guy next to us had one and it was just seeping into the ground.

We have one but I have never used it.

really I don't see the harm. Use a natural soap what can you hurt.

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Many people will get a large plastic tub (think Rubbermaid) and stand in the tub to collect the water that runs off. Then you can dump the tub, but it will be heavy, but you could put it on a cart and pull to the dump station. Personally, I would use some biodegradable soap and let it run into the ground.

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#3 wash tub. JMO


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Merrykalia wrote:

Many people will get a large plastic tub (think Rubbermaid) and stand in the tub to collect the water that runs off. Then you can dump the tub, but it will be heavy, but you could put it on a cart and pull to the dump station. Personally, I would use some biodegradable soap and let it run into the ground.


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What harm will come from watering the grass/trees? I have an outside shower that I do not collect, if I wash my hands with the hose I do not collect, tent campers wash dishes and don't collect the water. At home my washing machine waste is used on my fruit trees, All the trees are healthy and produce good fruit.

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Seems to me I've seen air inflated kiddie pools... Round six inch high sides with a flat bottom.


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There strict prohibitions against it in many national parks and national forests. And I've seen them enforced by rangers.

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Ask the Rangers if your in a State Park.
If you use biodegradable soap, I don't see the harm. We all swim in the lakes and rivers so what's the deal with body oils being on the ground. None what-so-ever!
Some people are so paranoid about life in general.

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I think the issue is groundwater pollution. Plus that a lot of soaps are animal attractants, plus the fact that if EVERYONE did it, it would be a mess.

And whether or not any of us see the harm, the fact is, that it is an enforced regulation in many places.

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