Southern Victoria is in the midst of a chilly winter, although autumn’s soaking rains have eased. We find that we still need to use our greywater on the garden, as we've had quite a few days of northerly, drying winds.
Our citrus trees and chilli plants are producing lovely crops, and the rhubarb and parsley are fantastic, but everything else is a bit slow (well, apart from the weeds, which continue to thrive). Hopefully we will continue to get regular rains, because we like to keep the rainwater tanks topped up and ready for summer.
BEWARE OF OVER WATERING
Often our customers find that whatever part of the country they are in, during the rainy season they need to disconnect their greywater units to avoid lawns, flower and vegie gardens becoming over-watered. Disconnecting is a simple process: if you have a Gator Pro, you can either turn the power off, and the water will divert, or you can use the valve to divert the water to waste. If you have a Greywater Gator, you simply disconnect the washing machine hose from the Gator inlet hose and let it drain through the laundry outlet.
It is also a great time for cleaning and maintenance of your unit. If you have a Greywater Gator, take your filter sock off, remove the lint and give it a good clean. Replacement Filter Socks are always available from our Online Store.
If you have a Gator Pro, you can easily remove the filters and hose them clean. Take the time to clean out the tank and pump as well. When you replace the filters, switch the Gator Pro off and fill it with clean water. You can leave it like this until you’re ready to start using it again, and it will stay clean and won’t smell. There is no need to use any bleach or other chemicals in the unit.
With the less frenetic pace comes the time to work on developments of our products. We are continually striving to improve our current products, and where we see a need, to create new ones. We have recently released our new, patented Gator Snap Tee, which is being “snapped up” by plumbers. More on this next time.
*This post was originally published on 19 June 2011, and has been moved here for continuity. The information is still relevant.