The Painted Pony Resort is rural and relies on septic tanks for waste. Waste is fed into septic tanks associated with each building with drainage fields for each. The location of the drainage field for the main house runs the length of the front garden. Although the drainage field is deep it does provide a layer of moisture under the garden making better use of irrigation water.
In addition to septic drain fields the estate also makes use of gray water. The guest laundry room in the guest house has a separate drain, not connected to the septic system, and instead drains out 175' north of the laundry room. Originally planted with some small trees which quickly died, I decided to resurrect the area with more appropriate desert plants to take advantage of this periodic water source. I initially settled on Agave, primarily because I had grown several specimens which were ready for transplanting and Agave can tolerate irregular watering, grow large, and would provide another species of plant on the estate. Once the Agave starts growing additional plants can be added to the area to create more color.
|Agave planted downhill from laundry room gray water drain|