Today's New York Times features the Greywater Guerrillas, a group getting radical in their devotion to conserving water. And faced with a government that is doing very little to address water shortages, can we blame them? The group, who has published a book called Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground , is developing ways for reusing "greywater" -- the water used in taking showers and washing dishes, for example, that is still perfectly good for flushing toilets, watering plants and other uses that don't involve being swallowed by human beings. It's all part of walking the walk of green living, according to Guerrilla Laura Allen:
"To her, this house is as much an emblem of her belief system as a home. Although gray water use is legal in California, systems that conform to the state's complicated code tend to be very expensive, and Ms. Allen and her fellow guerrilla, Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, are out to persuade the world that water recycling can be a simple and affordable option, as well as being a morally essential one."
For those don't have time to order a book and want an introduction and how-to information right now, see Art Ludwig's website Graywater.net . Ludwig is an ecological systems designer based in Santa Barbara. "The vast majority of systems (says Ludwig) cost less than a hundred bucks — it can be just a hose." Ludwig is also referred to often in the sustainable building literature as a key authority on greywater capture and reuse.