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Old 06-16-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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Yep it is a problem, because water softeners leave trace amounts of sodium or potassium in the water. When you water plants with softened water the water is absorbed leaving the sodium or potassium in the soil, where over time it will build up and become toxic to plants.
I read somewhere, and now I can't find where, that a/c water is a bit saline. I wasn't sure if part of the dehumidifying process in the unit itself involved salt...
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:15 PM
 
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<nodding head, nodding head>

Yeah, I don't think a/c water is "grey water" but probably more like distilled water ~ like smitty said. So while it might not be good for all plants, it probably is fine for some/many. Seems like I had read something somewhere that Sea World either uses it for some plants or a majority of plants (as well as for the fountains). And hey, their landscape looks pretty darned good!

(Project #8,123,456,789 on the list ~ find where the a/c runoff is plumbed to the sewer ~ and jack it!!!! )
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:29 PM
 
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Ours is just a little pipe that sticks out from the side of the house. Are you sure it runs into the septic? I am such an expert on all this stuff that I had to go looking for it. haha
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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Ours is just a little pipe that sticks out from the side of the house. Are you sure it runs into the septic? I am such an expert on all this stuff that I had to go looking for it. haha
Heh , I prolly outta check. giggle! But if it does run to the yard instead of into the sewer, we have like NO runoff!!! Grass is as brown there as it is everyplace else.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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Heh , I prolly outta check. giggle! But if it does run to the yard instead of into the sewer, we have like NO runoff!!! Grass is as brown there as it is everyplace else.
Ours runs into a rock bed ( sorta, thats where we threw a bunch of rocks and we call it a rock bed) and there is only about 3 blades of grass ( weeds) growing there.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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Ours runs into a rock bed ( sorta, thats where we threw a bunch of rocks and we call it a rock bed) and there is only about 3 blades of grass ( weeds) growing there.
That's probably because you have rocks. They're pretty good at blocking out weeds.

We have foundation issues so make it a point to collect it. Eventually we'll set up a system so it gets collected faaaaar away from the house, in some aesthetically pleasing format.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:47 PM
 
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Well, just went out and checked where Otherhalf said it would be. Saw the pipe coming out, but NO moisture at all. I want all those buckets!!! LOL!! Now it's time to get up in the attic and check to make sure it's not "running off" someplace that it's not supposed to be.
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Old 06-16-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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We had that with our old system!! Came home from Disney one year and found the back half of the house flooded. Happened a few times before we figured it out. Some people are just slow I guess. ha ha
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Old 06-16-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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I read somewhere, and now I can't find where, that a/c water is a bit saline. I wasn't sure if part of the dehumidifying process in the unit itself involved salt...
The unit does not use salt in any way... There is no way that water has any salinity.... It is not any different than the water that condenses on the outside of a cup of ice water.
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Old 06-16-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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The unit does not use salt in any way... There is no way that water has any salinity.... It is not any different than the water that condenses on the outside of a cup of ice water.
Great! I wish I knew where I read that....
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