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Old 01/07/2008, 03:33 PM
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RO question

I just hooked up my RO unit. Its a aqurasafe....or aquareef....welll aqura something... Ive got it hooked up to the sink, and was wondering what everyone does with the waste water. I Hate just to send it down the drain. Seams like a huge waste. I mean the water goes through most of the unit, and is then just wasted... Just dont think that very cost worthy.
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Old 01/07/2008, 03:35 PM
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I ran a line to my drain for my wash machine. I have heard of people storing it and watering their plants with it
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Old 01/07/2008, 03:36 PM
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You could use it to water plants or a garden. Some people use it to do laundry, I've heard. But you'd probably need a holding tank to save up that much water. Wash your car, maybe..? Pretty much anything that doesn't require clean water.
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Old 01/07/2008, 03:40 PM
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is it clean enought to drink?
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Old 01/07/2008, 03:40 PM
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is it clean enought to drink?
I dont recommend drinking it. There is a reason its called waste water
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Old 01/07/2008, 04:22 PM
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lol, good point. Just didnt think that Waste water thats been through a RO system, that comes from my tap could be that bad.
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Old 01/07/2008, 04:22 PM
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lol, good point. Just didnt think that Waste water thats been through a RO system, that comes from my tap could be that bad.
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Old 01/07/2008, 04:27 PM
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Well, consider that you've now taken all the junk out of 5 gallons of water and put it into 4 gallons of water. It's basically become a bit more concentrated. Although... now that I think about it, a bunch of it's bonded with the carbon blocks, and some of the larger items are filtered out. You know... that's a good question. It might not be that bad. I wonder if anyone else knows the answer to that...
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Old 01/07/2008, 04:29 PM
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Old 01/07/2008, 04:31 PM
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The waste water is actually a brine version of your tap water. it's full of the waste that the RO membrane pushed aside.

I wouldn't drink it, but there are lots of other uses as mentioned. Wash your car, water plants/flowers, wash clothes. I suppose if you wanted to get really serious about it, you could boil it and bathe in it

I have the luxury of living in an apartment in which the water is a set amount included in my rent.
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Old 01/07/2008, 04:46 PM
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My water's included in my condo dues. But, like the OP said, it just seems like a waste, even if you're not paying extra for it.
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Old 01/07/2008, 05:22 PM
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well i ran some of the waste water throught the britia filter jug i have. And i still wouldnt drink it. LOL It really dosn't taste verywell.
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Old 01/07/2008, 05:30 PM
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Instructions on mine say not to drink it didn't even think about it.
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Old 01/07/2008, 05:38 PM
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Has anyone used it to top-off an inground pool? Especially during the summers here in Dallas, I lose quite a bit of water to evaporation each day, and I have it hooked into my sprinkler system for auto top-off.

I probably won't do it as running the plumbing would be a pain, but just curious. :-)
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Old 01/07/2008, 08:52 PM
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thats a good idea. Guess mine will just go down the drain...
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Old 01/07/2008, 09:30 PM
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I used to drink it, but, yea, not anymore. I have it rigged up to where it goes into a large holding container, and I use it to flush the toilet, it is amazing how much the toilet actualy uses! Well worth the extra effort.
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Old 01/07/2008, 09:52 PM
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I used to drink it, but, yea, not anymore. I have it rigged up to where it goes into a large holding container, and I use it to flush the toilet, it is amazing how much the toilet actualy uses! Well worth the extra effort.
LOL.. I thought about that the other day.. Install a 55 g drum in the closet with 3 waterlines gravity feeding the toilets.
 

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