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Greywater Systems Design, Installation, Uses, and Permitting

Mendocino County Resource Conservation District and Mendocino College Offer Free Workshop on Greywater Design, Installation and Permitting.

Ukiah — You’ve mulched. You planted drought-tolerant species. You’ve put in a drip system. No rain is on the horizon but you want your landscaping to stay alive. What else can you do? Install a greywater system!

Greywater is water from bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines that contains some soap but is clean enough to water plants. Many people in California and around the world use their laundry and shower water to keep their landscapes green, even during times of drought.

“Greywater is one of the best ways to make use of every drop from your house,” says local contractor Anna Birkás. “Greywater systems are now legal in Mendocino County and many designs do not require a permit. Installation can be inexpensive, quick and easy with a few simple tips.”

The greywater workshop, presented by Anna Birkás, will be held Saturday June 14 from 9:00 am until noon at the Mendocino College Little Theater. Topics include site assessment, system design, installation, uses and permitting. The workshop is free to everyone and all levels of experience are welcome.

Mendocino College and the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) have partnered to present a series of free workshops that address water conservation strategies for residential users. The fifth and final workshop in the series will be held July 12 and will cover indoor water conservation.

“The workshop series was designed to help our communities adapt to the drought and we have been thrilled with the response. We’ve had participants from many parts of Mendocino County, including Tribal members, business owners, apartment renters and homeowners,” says Joe Scriven of the MCRCD. “People have attended these short workshops to learn simple tasks that result in long term water savings.”

All the workshops are free of charge, and everyone is invited. No pre-registration is required. Funding for the workshops comes from the California Department of Water Resources - Proposition 84. If you want information from any of the previous workshops, feel free to contact Joe Scriven of the MCRCD at 462-3664 ext. 104 or visit the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District website at

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