Water Saving Devices
Water Saving Devices
In many parts of the world water is taken for granted because it is so plentiful. However in other countries there is a vast amount of people who die every year from lack of water or because they are drinking contaminated water. For this reason we should all try to do our small part in water conservation. If we do not, it is not at all an impossibility that our children or grandchildren could have severe water shortages. One way we can conserve water is through using water saving devices.
Home water saving devices
Water saving showerheads that consume less water but, through upgraded designs, will still deliver sufficient ‘shower-power’ for an invigorating wash. Some have added features such as different settings for different spray velocities and also timers.
Click taps that deliver timed streams of water, and some have the option of full or reduced flows.
Low-flush toilets. Some of these can use as little as 2 gallons per flush against the standard toilet that uses about 7 gallons. It requires a more initial investment but the low-flush toilets are one of the most efficient water saving devices in the home.
Cistern displacement devises for toilets that can help to save one liter of water per flush of a regular toilet.
Low volume bathtubs which require less water to fill up.
Two-way bathtub plugs with a system for either recycling or draining away waste water.
Shower timers with pop-up water conserving containers.
Water saving laundry machines: Washing machines are one of the single largest consumers of domestic water. Water saving machines save up to half the water volume but without compromising on the cleanliness of clothes. Additionally they consume less energy which helps to lower your utility bills.
Home water recycling systems that collect shower and bathroom water for recycling in the toilet.
Water efficient dishwashing machines that consume less water than standard ones
Domestic rainwater tanks that collect and harvest rainwater for use in the home
Water efficient sprinklers: A drip irrigation system, for example, sends controlled water amounts to targeted points in the garden and saves far more water than the conventional rotating sprinkler that sprays water indiscriminately.
Grey water diverter systems that collect water from the bathrooms and washing
‘Wet Pot’ plant watering systems: They consist of ceramic pots buried in the ground near your plants and which drip out water slowly. They can also be used for potted plants.
In addition to different water saving devices you can install in the home, maintenance plays a key role in water saving. Regular checks of pipes for possible leaks followed by corrective measures help reduce water wastage. Common sense techniques such as shutting off the taps while scrubbing dishes or brushing teeth also save on water.
Business premises water saving devices include:
Efficient flush toilets
Waterless or controlled urinals
Taps with sensors and automatic shut offs
Educating staff on water-saving practices and their importance
Garden drip irrigation
Companies can take additional water saving measures by looking into the potential of harvesting rain or the possibility of recycling waste water into other areas of the business premises.
In the event of a local or national disaster, everyone should understand the importance of what would happen if the water supply suddenly disappeared. Read our other articles if you would like to know how to deal with just such a situation.