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Grey water
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:03:49 PM »
Gday all,
Just wondering if I've missed something.
I've just been informed by a very well informed traveller that approved grey storage is being mandated in National Parks across the country.
I've heard of local council's requiring it, and Parks pushing the 'bring it in take it out' philosophy but can't find anything about it being a requirement. Nor how you'd get certified or how a tent camper would get on.
Anyone got any clues?
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Jim

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Re: Grey water
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2020, 07:38:12 PM »
Gday Jim,
You will comply if you use a plastic Jerry under your sink like we do, then empty it when you leave or are outside the park boundary.  Not sure what would happen to tent based campers...so a good question...perhaps it's another plot to keep humans out of national parks.... ;)
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2020, 08:59:03 PM »
Same as we do, a cheap plastic jerry with a hose running from the sink. The jerry just rides on top of the spare tyre on the front box and the hose is 2 piece and lives in the sink.
A bucket isn't sufficient because it's not sealable. You can also buy 25L portable grey tanks on eBay

https://www.ebay.com.au/c/1742263726

Showering in the ensuite tent however, that's a different problem.
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2020, 02:53:54 PM »
I set our sink up to meet the code which requires an in line tap in the hose before the jerry can where the hose goes in through one  if the cap openings.
The down side is when not using the jerry can the plug will jump from pressure when being filled with the tap closed.
Also be aware sink grey water becomes black water when stored so can’t just be thrown the ground in a couple of days time.
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2020, 06:35:20 PM »
I set our sink up to meet the code which requires an in line tap in the hose before the jerry can where the hose goes in through one  if the cap openings.
The down side is when not using the jerry can the plug will jump from pressure when being filled with the tap closed.
Also be aware sink grey water becomes black water when stored so can’t just be thrown the ground in a couple of days time.

Any pictures of the set up?
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2020, 01:31:20 AM »
Any pictures of the set up?
I’ll take some next weekend as we’ll be using it for a local weekend away.
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2020, 07:43:36 PM »
Very interesting! So my source was saying the storage needed t be certified. Does that ring bells? If so, how?
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2020, 12:00:13 PM »
For those with time to waste have read of ...
https://cdn.cmca.net.au/cloud/f75a32b3-cd45-4a20-a56e-1a88fa830268_Grey_Water_Tote-article_1.pdf
I’m don’t know the date of the article.
From what I could find and have read there is a code of practice for grey water collection only so while I’ve set up ours to meet this emptying the sink into a bucket and then decanting into a storage container would also be acceptable provided none is spilt.
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2020, 12:03:33 PM »
Very interesting! So my source was saying the storage needed t be certified. Does that ring bells? If so, how?
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Jim
I’ve heard CMCA where doing accreditation for club members but haven’t heard of any formal certification for grey water.
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2020, 08:28:00 PM »
I have only “heard” of this so called requirement from people who “heard” it from others,
Apart from a handful of council parks I have not come across it as a requirement nor do I see it on the NP websites.
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2020, 08:27:00 AM »
Yep

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Re: Grey water
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2020, 08:39:56 PM »
Hmmmm! So, Caravan world on the Sunshine Coast has this quote on their website.

ARE GREY WATER TANKS NECESSARY?
Put simply, grey water tanks are necessary for caravanning in Australia only when you travel in National Parks. Here, grey water mustn’t be disposed of irresponsibly, and it must be carried out with you, as most Australian National Parks now require that greywater be disposed of outside the park. The only way to achieve this is by installing a greywater tank with capacity that matches that of your freshwater tank.

While Camec has this quote

Am I legally required to?
Whilst we aren’t at this stage, we don’t think it will be too long before laws like this come into effect. In some free campsites are only open to fully self-sufficientcampers, travellers were required to take all rubbish, including water, with them. National parks across the country are also following suit, introducing grey water guidelines to help educate campers on the acceptable treatment of grey water – often requiring disposal outside of the park.

But I can't find a reference to grey water on either the Vic or NSW Parks sites.

Go figure!
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 08:49:24 PM »
So the people selling them as an optional extra on their vans at an extra cost are the ones saying it is mandatory
Go figure.
So NP’s will not allow camper trailers (all external kitchens) tents (all portable kitchens) and exclude 90% of all campers who do not comply
Yeah right
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Re: Grey water
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2020, 09:31:40 PM »
A grey water tank which has to be the size of the fresh water tank will mean a very unstable caravan. Most caravans have 2 fresh water tanks and ideally they'd be either side of the axles. Most then have only one grey water tank which is usually smaller than one of the fresh water tanks. So where do you add enough grey water storage ?

It's a typically bureaucratic response from people who have NFI on camping.
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