Re: Water usage questions
From: Norman Gauss (
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 22:57:31 -0700 (PDT)
It is difficult to determine water usage for individual living units because
each one is billed separately.  We at Oak Creek Commons in Paso Robles, CA
have one meter for irrigation and another for common house, laundry, and
pool/spa usage combined.

One of our new members as been emptying his dish water in his yard.  There
are also the added salts for water softeners.  The comments I have read
point out that gray water (from laundry, showers) has only a slight effect
on soils in humid conditions.  Over time in arid places, since the water
does not sink down into the water table, a layer of salt begins to build up
at depth.  It's such a slow process that one would have to pour graywater on
the soil for decades before any appreciable salt accumulation would be

Of course black water from kitchens and toilets goes into the sewage system.

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Subject: [C-L]_ Water usage questions

We at Placitas Sage Cohousing, NM, would like to know if any coho
communities keep water usage records. Estimates of per capita usage?
And does anyone know of studies about the impact of gray water on permeable
surfaces? Thanks.
Janice Langdale, omajll61 [at] or Sage [at]
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