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Can greywater from a dry well contaminate drinking water?

My landlord hooked up the two washers to a dry well in the backyard, will that water and detergent contaminate the drinking water?

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  • hart
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    yes of sure idiot

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  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Where is your water well? How deep is the aquifer? How far away and what are the subsurface soils? Is your water well drilled using the rubber gaskets to block off the annulus of the drilled hole? There are health department rules on the distance for your situation. Call the health department. Your well driller has the record and log of the well, so you can get that information.

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  • 2 months ago

    This is a tricky one--it really depends on where your drinking water is coming from, how close that source is to the graywater well, how much 'leech' it has to go through before being consumed, and what the system is like. Just knowing that the graywater is going into the backyard isn't enough information. 

    Graywater isn't always contaminating--depending on what detergents are used--and depending on how soon it percolates out into other sources. Get your drinking water tested for contaminants, and find out exactly what it is you ARE drinking. 

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  • 2 months ago

    if your drinking well water.  YES

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  • 2 months ago

    No, most water is city water in pipes. If your water is well water get it tested just because it's a good thing to do.

    • Boyd2 months agoReport

      Highly recommend testing your well water. And Yes, contaminating is very possible.

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  • y
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Placement of the dry well or drainage water verse placement of your drinking well, if you even have one.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you have well water, its possible but unlikely since wells go deep into the ground.

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  • 2 months ago

    dry wells are built downhill from wells used for drinking water, so the answer is NO.

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  • Droopy
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Not your standard gray water.  Which would be water from sinks ,washers basically everything except your toilet. Guessing your on a well since you've asked this everyday this week.  If this water went into your septic tank instead.  It would endup in the ground from the drain field which goes into ground like a dry well.  

    The reason there dumping the washer into a dry well is the less soap you put in septic the better.  As it can kill the microbes in the septic tank that breakdown the solid waste.  An then you really get some headaches.

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  • 2 months ago

    Where do you get your drinking water from?

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