Basic grey water system to save water in Millwood Mews

I was looking for a very basic grey water system to get me started and had this blue drum that we have been throwing recycled rubbish into for the longest time. After watching numerous YouTube videos on how to build a grey water system, I decided on this setup. 

    1. I would gather only the shower water for now. Basin water has toothpaste in it and I didn’t want to risk the plants being killed off or the pipes clogged up.
    2. From some palettes someone threw away in the rubbish room, I quickly built a stand to raise the level of the water for better pressure.
    3. I took all the measurements and bought all the fittings from J.G. van Pittius which turned out a LOT cheaper than Builder’s Warehouse. They also have an incredibly knowledgeable guy there who is able to help you with your system. If you order bigger tanks, delivery is free too. (I am looking at getting a 500L tank next) 
    4. I did some planning and began the process of cutting the pipes to make the grey water system. There was some backing and forthing because I am no plumber, but eventually figured it all out through questions and YouTube videos.
    5. I have a cuttoff valve that cuts off the water and allows the water to either flow to the drum or down to the main drain. Even here, I left open the option for the bath water to run onto the back yard as our dog makes a lot of wees here and it can get a little stinky in the seering heat sometimes. Since we’ve done this, the smell has been 100 times better.
    6. I bought the the irrigation pipes (black) and sprinklers also from J.G. van Pittius which again is a lot cheaper than Builder’s Warehouse. These sprinklers will then water the pot plants.
    7. UPDATE:
      I have since installed a pump and now able to drag the hosepipe from the back garden to the front yard where I am able to pump out the water we collect.
    8. UPDATE:
      The simple filter system I had worked well but in these howling winds, it kept blowing over, so I decided to head back to Van Pittius and buy a proper filter system.

The real water savings comes in in if you can use the water for your toilet system so my next goal is to pump the water back into the house to be able to flush the toilet. That water will then be flushed into the main sewerage system. We will then have cycled the water twice before it goes into the sewerage system.

Trees we can plant close to buildings

The following list of trees comes from

The soil conditions in a particular area play a VERY vital part when it comes to the development of the trees root system. If your property has very heavy clay soil, the roots of any tree species will tend to be superficial and in some cases may even cause damage.
The following list of tree species is a guideline of species known to have non- invasive root systems
Citrus varieties

2015 Millwood Mews – Annual General Meeting

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]We invite all residents of Millwood Mews to join us at the Annual General Meeting to be held at Marite.

Venue: Marite Property Management
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
6 Pickle Street
Western Cape
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Saving electricity and saving the planet

Season’s greetings and a happy new year!

As you may have noticed, Millwood Mews would like to alleviate the pressure off Eskom’s grid as well as light up our village for better security. That said, the Trustees have invested in new solar lights just outside everyone’s front door which charges by day, should switch on automagically when it gets darker and run for about 8 hours through the night. We hope that you enjoy the new lights and the savings in electricity they have to offer.



Want to know when a house is for sale or rent? Or if someone is selling something?

Newsletter Options at Millwood MewsWe’ve implemented two new features on our website. Property for sale and stuff for sale. So if you’re interested in properties for sale or rent in Millwood Mews, select  the tick box in the newsletter and we’ll mail you if something becomes available. Or, if someone is selling an item in Millwood Mews, you’ll be the first to know about it.

At the bottom of the next email newsletter you receive, there will be a link where you can edit your subscription to certain lists. Select this link then choose to be added to Property sales or rentals, Stuff for sale or General News from Millwood Mews.

Refuse Room Information/Vulliskamer Reëls

Recycling in Millwood MewsThere are certain rules in place for the above room that we want to share with our tenants. The City of Cape Town supplies every household with two clear plastic bags every week. They are to be used for recycling and a good idea is to use one for cardboard and paper and the other one for tins and bottles. These bags are to be put in the black containers marked for recycling and the black bags with everyday refuse go into the rest of the bins. If these are full kindly put your bags on top and not on the floor. The garbage is picked up on Tuesdays when recycling bags are delivered again. Thank you for your co-operation! Continue reading Refuse Room Information/Vulliskamer Reëls

A quiet little village of residents in the Strand