Garden ResQ has been listed as a preferred supplier of Grey Water
Products for the Financial Mail. Garden ResQ is proud to have been
Due to the harsh South African sun, regardless of where you live in
South Africa, Garden ResQ insists that all our products are made
from materials that will be robust enough to withstand whatever is
thrown at it.
Our products are fabricated not from standard
untreated plastics but rather UV protected food grade LLDPE (Linear
low density polyethylene)
LLDPE has a high tensile strength and is both impact and puncture
resistant. It is also very flexible and will withstand cracking
under a load. But because the product is tough, it does not mean it
has to be ugly.
Our units are fabricated in “Grass green” to enable
it to blend in with your existing garden without been seen as an
These tough qualities will ensure that your unit will offer you
years of service.
How is the grey water system used?
Garden ResQ has designed the Maxi and Maxi Pro as “self install”
products. With this in mind, it was important that the process of
installation be easy for the average DIY enthusiast.
Both products are easily connected directly to the plumbing outlet
of the bathroom where they exit the home.These outlets must be
visable from the outside of the house. If the pipes are not visable,
the chances are that they have been combined with your “black water”
sewage system either internally in the walls or underground. This
makes using your grey water more problematic but not impossible.
connecting the unit to your plumbing, all grey water
originating from your bath and shower will now be
diverted away from the sewage system and into the
Garden ResQ grey water system. Your used bath and
shower water will first be filtered by removing
hair, lint and other solids before entering the
unit. Please remember that it is almost impossible
to remove soaps and shampoo additives from water in
the home environment. In fact these additives are
beneficial to plants and grass as they are found in
fertilisers sold in garden shops and nurseries. Our
automated pump will then switch on once a
predetermined amount of water has entered the unit –
sending your fairly clean water to your garden.
It is internationally agreed upon that the safest
method of irrigating with grey water is use it in a
way that avoids animal and/or human contact during
the process. This is easily achieved with the Garden
ResQ system as most bathing takes place in the early
morning and late evening. Irrigating your garden
will thus take place at the same time. It is during
these times that there is normally no persons
enjoying your garden and the water evaporation
during these times is also at is minimum.
There are however a few plants species that are not
tolerant of grey water:
Any plants that is found naturally in the wild are
intolerant of a continouis supply of grey water.
There are two reasons for this:
1. Plants found in the wild have adapted to the
natural climate and rainy seasons and need this
conditions to survive. Feeding these plants copious
amounts of water will be killing them with kindness.
A cactus is an excellent example.
2. Plants in the wild have adapted to the nutrients
availabily in the soil where they thrive, Adding
grey water to the mix, dramatically increases the
nutrient availablity and this can be harmful. Fynbos
is a good example as they flowish in low nutrient
As a result of the chemicals and additives in grey
water, it tends to be on the alkaline side. Acid
loving plants should be considered before
Your garden center and/or nurseryman has the
knowledge to provide you with the information you
require when it comes to grey water reuse. If not –
change nurseries as grey water reuse has become more
popular and they need to “get with the program”
How does a grey water system work
Our products have automated submersible pumps which
have been designed for grey water reuse. They are
also spesifically designed for use with low pressure
irrigation methods. This method includes the use of
the pyramid or “skilpaaitjie” type sprinkler head.
Our products are not intended to be used with any
pop up, mist or drip irrigation system. These
systems utilise very small water exit holes and due
to the nature of grey water, will block rather
quickly. We are often called out to homes where
competitor grey water systems are installed and the
frustrated homeowner is required to walk around his
garden with a paper clip to unblock dozens of tiny
holes. its simply not worth the effort. Please don’t
fall foul of grey water system suppliers that claim
they can use pop up or mist type irrigation systems.
Do your homework first should you insist on going
this route. It is our humble opinion, that it is
these fly by nights, that have given grey water
systems a bad rap over the years. Attitudes are
thankfully changing fast.
What is the Difference between the Maxi and the Maxi
In short – both products look identicle and operate
in exactly the same manner. The only difference is
that we utilise a more powerfull grey water pump in
the Maxi Pro. This unit is able to accommodate two
sprinkler heads in a standard small/medium sized
garden or can irrigate over a longer distance on a
single head in a larger garden
What Maintenance is required
As with any piece of equipment, failing to keep a
hand on maintenance can be costly and time
consuming. We have tried, and succeeded, in keeping
the maintenance of our units to the minimum.
Should your maintenance not be what it aught, your
bathroom water will simply return to your sewer with
our fail safe “return to sewer” feature. However the
good news is that we have made it easy to maintain
and it should never become a chore that we all tend
to put off for another day.
The only home user serviceable component is the
filter. By simply removing the filter from its
housing and giving it a good squirt with your garden
hosepipe, will leave your filter clean and ready for
the next two or three weeks. This should not take
you longer that five minutes. Less time consuming
than cleaning a swimming pool filter and not nearly
A few grey water system basics:
We have provided clean unhindered access to the
filter. Clean this filter regularly of hair and
Flush the entire unit with fresh water once a
month. Use your high pressure hose connection for
this. Once flushed, the unit will return to its
“look like new” state due to our use of food grade
materials. Please do not directly spay the
electrical connections on the pump as this may
damage the watertight seals
Please wash your hands after working with the unit
or even better still why not wear a pair of “washing
up” golves to protect yourself.
Try to be considerate and keep your grey water out
of your neighbour’s property. We recommend that you
also keep your grey water away from the storm water
Your family and domestic help must be informed
about the excessive usage of chemicals in the
bathroom. Remember whatever is used in the bath or
shower will land up in the garden. Normal household
cleaner usage is fine.
Should you be required to use harsh chemicals in
the bath or shower , please remember to divert this
water directly to the sewer.