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Is it alright to disconnect the washing machine drain from the septic tank and divert it to the ground in the yard?
Sunday, November 18, 2018
The washing machine drain water is classified as “gray water” because it likely to be contaminated with fecal matter from underwear or diapers that contains ecoli bacteria, so it must be drained to a septic or sewer system. Gray water is allowed, however, to be used for flushing toilets or urinals where there is an approved gray water system is installed. The requirements for approval of a gray water recycling system are extensive and probably not worth it for most homeowners.
See our blog posts What are the building code requirements for gray water reuse in Florida? and What are the most common problems with washing machine installation and maintenance? to learn more.
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