Green Your Garden with Greywater

Simple Greywater Systems that meet Commonsense Guidelines may now be installed without a permit in participating water service areas in Santa Barbara County, including within the Montecito Water District service area.

Greywater is wastewater collected from showers, bathtubs, bathroom sinks, and clothes-washing machines that is piped to residential landscaping to help meet irrigation needs.

These Simple Greywater Systems provide many benefits, including: conserving freshwater, extending the life and effectiveness of septic systems, improving soil fertility, and much more.

Click here to download the Simple Greywater Systems Commonsense Guidelines.

Click to enlarge this sample view of an illustration from the Simple Greywater Systems Commonsense Guidelines.

It is mandatory to follow the Simple Greywater Systems Commonsense Guidelines because greywater contains nutrients and bacteria that can go “septic” if mishandled, creating odors and nuisance conditions. To make it easy to comply, the County has developed an illustrated guide to help residents create systems that are relatively simple to install, function easily with little risk of nuisance, and conform to the requirements for a permit exemption.


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