Re: Grey water recycling


Well I’m learning something new every day about the Ice 🙂
I did a phone interview today and am going to an in person interview on Tuesday.
I’m applying for a winter over job at Pole (ouch….:)
Thanks for the great advice about pqing.
I’ve already scheduled a physical and a dental check with my own md and dentist.
At my interview I will ask about what tests are required.
In our gray water system there will be beds of pumice or shredded plastic which provide a place for beneficial bacteria to grow (further problems for use in Antarctica). The water flows through a baffle system through the pumice. The plant roots grow through a layer of topsoil into the pumice and oxygenate the water. The bacteria are supposed to feed on the gray water and help clean it.
In the systems I have seen the plants looked phenomenal but I don’t know if they are tested for contaminants as the water is. The philosophy of my architect is dont use anything you dont want to eat later I guess 🙂 (I know, so what do you do with those oil soaked clothes…)
The good thing is no one uses bleach or harmful chemicals with these systems.
I will bring my earthship books if I have enough weight allowance.
There are excellent web resources including the website for Solar Survival (my architect).
Wish me luck on Tuesday (my interview)
Best Wishes,
Prairie Dog.

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It sounds like you got a phone call from the program. If you do get an offer to work here my advise is to jump on it right away. Try to get the medical package as soon as possible. That is the one thing that can be a problem. Get your physical done by your doctor the moment you get the package. Since they test things things that you may never have had tested before, the chances are that something will pop up. It happens to almost everyonel. Maybe you iron levels were too low that day, or calcium too high etc. As with most tests you never take the results as gospel so they will ask you to retake any tests that fail. If you wait months before taking the initial exam you won’t have time for any retests. Good luck.
As far as contaminants in grey water. Nothing scientific here. I just remember reading a few years ago when I wanted to use dish and laundry water to water my garden, that grey water can sometimes harbor pollutants. Here for example the mechanics all have oil stained clothing and then there are welders and tradespeople etc. Washing removes the metal contaminants from the clothing. If the water is used for food then it’s possible for the contaminants to be picked up by the plants. I think that is the whole purpose of wetlands water recycling. The plants pick everything up.
Like I said nothing scientific. It’s just something I think I read years ago.
As far as space for plants. You’ll find out when you get here that there is no such thing as existing space. If any opens up it quickly gets filled with something else.
see you in October
mike in mcmurdo

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