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Old 06-09-2014, 10:23 PM   #1
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Boondocking and grey water

We bought a 38 acre tract of land in Montana. It is bordered on one side by state land and the other side by BLM land. It's about a mile from the Custer National Forest in the Beartooth foothills.

Hopefully we will put a house on it in 15 or so years but for now will camp on it a couple times a year and maybe put up a pole barn type garage to store the trailer.

Looking for people's thoughts about trickling out grey water into a dry well (basically a hole filled with gravel). The terrain is scrub brush and seems very porous. The dry well will be down hill of the Trailer and if we install a water well it will be uphill of the Trailer at least 100 feet from the dry well.

We will use environmentally safe soaps and will wipe our dishes clean of food before washing them. Our black water will be dumped at a proper dumping station.

I know this is our own land and we can do what we want within reason but I don't want to harm any water supplies.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:38 PM   #2
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It may be your own land, but you should be checking with the county or township about permits and what the law may say about wells and (essentially) septic systems.
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I have the name of the guy for the county that I plan to call.

My understanding is that the killer of septic systems is lack of use so we won't be putting one in until a house goes in.

Grey water recycling for irrigation is the new trend in water stricken areas. Even California allows it.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:00 PM   #4
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There is nothing wrong with your idea. A small drain field will take care of the gray water just fine. You may see some extra plant growth Im that area.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:02 PM   #5
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Just had a thought what about putting in a outhouse? Sure would gut down on the black tank.
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It took me a year to convince my wife that we can use the crapper for more than just peeing. Our trailer has nice throne. 40 gallons of black water is a lot of crap.
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You did say GRAY WATER, not any black water, so that really should not present a problem. Sometimes, you may be opening a can of worms by checking with the county- by that I mean they may require much more than you really need for your grey water needs. I know here in Florida, it would be an issue. It sounds as if you are pretty far off the beaten path, (neighborhoods) so........
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If you plan on building a house there you will need to install a septic tank and drain field as per county/state regulation.
Do it now because in 15 or so years you may not be able to and it WILL be more expensive.

With that done hook the trailer in and worry not.
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Hi, I'm from the government and I am here to help you. Yeah right. From what you said, you are being very responsible. If your of the belief that they will offer you guidance, and give you pointers, beyond what you have already said in your OP, your in uncharted territory.
Be responsible and leave the government out of it. IMO.
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If you plan on building a house there you will need to install a septic tank and drain field as per county/state regulation.
Do it now because in 15 or so years you may not be able to and it WILL be more expensive.

With that done hook the trailer in and worry not.
Good point but I was told by a septic installer that only using it a couple times a year will not inject enough bacteria to let it work properly and it will freeze in the winter if not used regularly.
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