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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a permit?

A permit is not needed in San Diego for a greywater system using the washing machine.  A permit is required if installing a greywater system for a shower, sink, or anything else. Check in with your local city to find out what they require and charge for a permit.

How much does a greywater system cost?

Costs vary depending on the complexity of the greywater system and whether you are installing a system yourself or hiring someone else to do it. Many systems can be built for as little as $100-$200 in materials.

I do not have the expertise nor the time to install my own greywater system. Can someone install a greywater system for me?

Click here to see list of installers in San Diego.

What kind of plants can I irrigate with greywater?
Most plants will love greywater, however, greywater works best for trees, shrubs, and other perennials. We do not recommend using greywater for grass or veggies that would be in direct contact with greywater.

Can I use greywater with food plants?
Yes! As long the edible portion of the plant is out of reach of the greywater, food producing plants are perfect for greywater.  Fruit trees, trellised tomatoes or squash, and vining berries like blackberries are all excellent choices.

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