RVers don’t usually spend a lot of time arguing about politics, religion, or gun control, but certain topics are always sure to get a good campfire debate going, and one of them is whether it is acceptable to dump gray water on the ground.
Some folks are convinced that dumping your gray tank is just as bad as emptying your black tank anywhere except into an RV dump station. They say you are ruining the groundwater table by polluting in this way. Others don’t see the harm in it.
I remember once we were at a campground in Oklahoma, where it was very hot and very dry. The owner of the RV park asked guests to use a garden hose to dump their gray tanks into the trees at every site. A gentleman parked near us was greatly upset, and very vocal in telling the campground’s owner just how terrible that practice was.
The owner listed patiently while the RVer told him all of the nasty things that were destroying the planet by dumping gray water, then when the fellow ran down, he said “Look over there across that fence. Do you see those cows. Do you see what that one’s doing? I wonder what that’s doing to the environment?”
I fall into the group that really does not see a problem with it. If I am dry camping in a friend or relative’s driveway with limited hookups, with their permission I will water their rose bushes as I run my gray water out. If that offends you, I’m sorry. But like that campground owner in Oklahoma, I have spent enough time in ranching country that I just don’t see the harm.
Bob Difley recently addressed the issue of dumping gray water on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land on the RV Boondocking News website. It was interesting to see the BLM’s response to Bob’s inquiries on this.
It’s been my experience that RVers from populated areas like the east coast and California object to this practice much more so than those who are from the Midwest or the west. I wonder if that’s because those in the first category are not as familiar with dry camping. Or is it just that the west is hotter, drier, less populated, and more in need of moisture any way it can get it?
How do you feel about this issue? I’d be interesting in hearing your viewpoints.
Thought For The Day – Just remember, if the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.