my greywater stinks!
Presently, the greywater from my house goes into a large diameter pipe which spills into a big hole with bananas planted around it. It sort of sits in there and festers, and then when it is full enough it overflows into another smaller banana circle , which then overflows again into another and another. The first pit actually has loads of water hyacinth in it, but it and the bananas just can't suck up all the nutrient I guess, and some days, depending on rainfall to dilute it and wash it out, and other factors too I suppose, it gets pretty smelly. It is just far enough from the house that it isn't too much of an issue most of the time, unless the wind blows from that direction, or worst still, if the breeze stops altogether and then it just hangs around...
I am not sure what to do about it basically.
I did try a while ago to find plumbing fittings to reduce the pipe down to 2" or something which I was going to run further away from the house to trees and compost piles, but, the pipe is like 5 1/2 " diameter, or something unusual and I just haven't found the fittings to make this happen.
Then, the other day, I was getting leftover paint from a recycling place in the central valley, and they had all these bath tubs sitting there, so I asked and they said I could have them.
Now, what I am thinking is that if I connect plumbing to the bathtub drain I will be able to direct the water in more useful directions... but then I also got to wondering if I put some kind of filtration medium in the tub, then I could use the water on vegetable crops like water chestnut or something similar.
But, if I fill a bathtub with a filtration medium like sand, gravel or charcoal or a combination of the three, will I end up with a new kind of stinky mess?
Okay, as I write, I am thinking that I will take a 5 gallon bucket and drill holes in it, and fill the bucket with the filtration medium, and put the bucket inside the bathtub. When the water has passed through the filter it will go through the holes in the bucket and into the bathtub and then out the drain and into a water chestnut pond or a pipe off to a bamboo plant or wherever. That way, I could dump out the stinky filter material every so often.
Does that sound like it would work? Does anyone have any simpler, guaranteed not stinky ways of doing this?
caretaking 14 acres of ridge and gully land at Huelo, Maui. 400-500 ft above sea level