Can I water plants with water from the washer?
Yes, you can! This is called 'gray' water and is acceptable to use on ornamental plants. Do not use gray water to irrigate edible plants. Recommendations for using gray water:

  • Use ‘safe’ –biodegradable laundry detergents. Read label carefully on the detergent box. Stay away from phosphate laced detergents.

  • If using bleach, collect wash water in to buckets and expose this wash water to the air for three days. This will allow the chlorine bleach to evaporate out of the wash water.

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1. Does CBWCD provide rebates for artificial turf or other turf removal?
2. Do you recommend putting in artificial turf to save water?
3. How do I get started trading my thirsty lawn for a more drought-tolerant landscape?
4. How do I kill existing turf to be replaced by drought tolerant plant materials?
5. Do I have to plant all California natives in order to save water?
6. Do California native plants require extensive soil amendments and fertilizers?
7. Are all California native plants drought tolerant?
8. What types of irrigation do drought tolerant landscapes require?
9. Can I water plants with water from the washer?