One Household at a Time

Posted by: IRRIGO on February 12th, 2013

Save the planet! Save mother earth! Go Green! These familiar battle cries are being heard everywhere these days. This is an indication of the desperate situation we are in. Our world is in various stages of disrepair. Farmlands in Africa are being eaten up by the desert. Rainforests are disappearing. Rivers and lakes are dying from industrial pollution. Severe droughts in many parts of the world over the past decade have resulted in famine.

The one common factor here is staring us in the face: Water scarcity. We are depleting our fresh water sources at a rate that we cannot allow to continue. We cannot keep on ignoring the signs. We cannot hold on to the belief that what we do is too insignificant to make a difference. We all have to act now.

Make Technology Work for You

Water shortage is a global problem that you can help address within the confines of your own home. There are devices designed to help you achieve greater water efficiency. They have been around for a while, and are widely used in newer buildings. It is in older homes and buildings, however, that we stand to make a greater impact on our water conservation efforts by upgrading to the devices and technology available today.

High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs)

In a typical household, toilets are the main guzzlers of water, accounting for some 30% of total consumption. Old toilets use as much as 8 gallons of water per flush.  High-efficiency toilets of today are appropriately called so because at 1.28 gallons per flush, that is precisely what they are.

If your home was built in the mid-1990s or earlier, before the advent of the HETs and if you have  yet to upgrade, you will be amazed at the savings changing to water-efficient models can give you. Most advantageous is the dual-flush toilet, which gives you the option to use half-flush for liquid waste, and full flush for solid waste. Still, you will only ever use a maximum of 1.28 gallons slots online australia per flush.1

If all toilets were replaced with HETs, the savings would be in the neighbourhood  of 2 billion gallons PER DAY in the United States alone.

For the truly green, composting toilets may be the ultimate choice. These toilets use little or NO WATER AT ALL and the waste materials are treated on-site for composting. Composting toilets are not the only waterless innovation out there. Commercial buildings and public places now also have the option of changing to waterless urinals. The latest models are even self-sanitizing, eliminating old concerns about hygiene.

Low-flow Faucet Aerators

More than 15% of all household water usage is from faucets. Installing a simple and inexpensive faucet aerator will reduce the faucet’s water flow by 30%. Choose models that have a flow rate of 2.754 gallons per minute or lower.

At only five to ten dollars, a faucet aerator is an efficient way to save water. North American households can save a combined total of over 253 million gallons of water per day from using this fixture alone.

High-efficiency Showerheads

Showering accounts for 17% of the total water consumption of a typical household. Older showerheads have flow rates of 5.5 gallons per minute. Today, there are models that go as low as 0.5 gallons per minute.

A well-rated showerhead will only set you back 10 to 20 dollars. On average, low-flow showerheads will save a family of four about 20,000 gallons of water per year.

These are but a few of the devices available to us today, born out of the necessity to watch every drop that we use. Some devices will even alert you if you have been in the shower too long, a great way of stopping you from singing gallons of water away.

Every one of us can avoid excessive and thoughtless consumption of water. We can all explore ways to achieve savings. Contrary to what others may say, the little things we do really count. Start in your own home, and help ensure the future of water for the coming generations, one household at a time.

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