How to re-use your laundry machine water

This is one of my favorite’s topic and should be one of everyone’s as well due to its importance so today we'll be doing a setup in order to save water by re-using the water from our laundry machines on our lawns or gardens. We’ll be storing the water from the laundry discharge line into a container and distribute it through a garden hose.

Needed items and tools:

18 Gal. container

Heavy duty plastic crate

Garden hose

1-1-4" elbow

1-1/4" Pipe

 

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Cordless drill

Sealant tape

3/4" Street elbow

3/4" adapter

Garden hose gaskets

3/8" Drill bit

1" Spade bit

 

STEP 1 - Prep the adapter:

First we need to prepare the adapter by drilling holes on both sides of it as close as we can to the edge, hold the adapter with one hand and the drill with the other being careful since the force from the drill might twist the adapter and your hand too. Another option would be to cut the adapter at the edge using a hacksaw.

Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water

STEP 2 - Make the drain hole on the container:

Locate the plastic crate on the containers bottom face, this is in order to determine an ideal location from where the water will flow from the reservoir. Once you have set the position, drill a hole on the container using the spade bit.

Save water by re using your laundry machine water

STEP 3 - Add gaskets and sealant tape to fittings

Insert one of the gaskets on the adapters treated end, place the gasket parallel to the adapters face and add sealing tape to the adapter and to the elbow treated segments, one loop and a half will do.

Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water

STEP 4 - Add fittings and hose to container

Insert the adapter through the hole on the container, we'll need to insert another gasket on treated segment that sticks out of the container. Treat the street elbow to the adapters treated end.

Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water

Place the prepared container on top of the crate and pass the elbow through one of the openings from the plastic grate. Cut a bigger opening on the crate in case the cutout is not big enough. Pass the garden hose trough one of the crate side cutouts and treat it to the street elbow. The container is now ready to be set next to the laundry machine discharge line.

Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water

STEP 5 - Cut 1-1/4" pipe, set prep container next to laundry

The PVC pipe needs to be attached to the laundry discharge line, here is where you need to determine the length for the PVC pipe.

The 1-1/4 PVC elbow needs to be attached to the pipe end in the container. This is in order to create a swirl effect on the water flow, if no elbow is added the pressure from the water could backup to the laundry discharge line and PVC pipe connection point.

Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Now is time for the water to come out from the container to the end of the garden hose. We can re direct the water to a desired location on our lawn or garden as long as we have a long enough garden hose.
Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water
Save water by re using your laundry machine water
I hope you could help saving water using this or a similar setup, let me know if you have any questions on the comment box. I'll also leave the video version of this blog here:

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Save water by re using your laundry machine water
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