Did you know the average four-person home uses over 75,000 litres of water each month? Almost half of our precious drinking water is used to flush toilets, irrigate the lawn, water the garden, and clean the car. Imagine how much you could save on your water bill by using recycled water for these tasks? Here are 17 bright ideas to make recycled water a safe and useful resource in the home environment.
Get Rid of Clutter – Re-Use Greywater: Greywater is any leftover water collected from showers, baths, hand basins, laundry tubs and washing machines. By re-routing your plumbing to different parts of the home, you can use untreated or treated greywater to perform a number of tasks around the house.
Install a Diverter Valve: If you’re directing grey water from the bathroom or laundry, you can install a diverter valve that lets you adjust the flow of water between the garden and sewerage.
Collect Rainwater: Install a rain barrel under the down spout to collect runoff water from the rooftop and gutters. You can then connect a garden hose to the barrel and repurpose for different tasks outside the house.
Install a Surge Tank: A surge tank is able to collect treated greywater and be stored for later use. It also prevents excess water from flooding the garden and house by directing it to the sewer system.
Rainwater Collection Systems: By collecting rainwater from the rooftop and gutter, a Rainwater Collection System treats the water making it suitable for non-plumbing tasks such as cooking, showering and watering plants or the vegetable garden.
Water Garden Feature: Enhance the natural character of your garden with an eye-catching water feature that uses water harvested only from rainfall or greywater.
Birdbaths: Why use precious drinking water to constantly refill your birdbath? Collect rainwater instead and keep birds coming back to their favourite hotspot without wasting precious drinking water.
Drought Affected Areas: During periods of severe drought, using recycled water is an effective way to reduce stress on the mains water supply and ensure you have a safe supply of fresh drinking water at all times.
Shower Bucket: Is modifying your household plumbing not possible? Don’t worry, even the little things can help the environment. Grab a bucket and collect water from the shower to repurpose for small tasks around the home. You’ll be surprised how much you collect in just a few days!
Excess Kitchen Water: Whether you’re washing vegetables or draining pasta, that’s a lot of water going to waste! Depending on the quality of the water, you can re-use it to wash the car, maintain the garden or use for laundry.
Potted Plants: Don’t feel guilty about using fresh water to maintain your precious plants. Place your potted plants in a deep tray and collect the overflowing water to use around the home.
Beware of Recycled Laundry Water: Not all laundry detergents are environmentally-friendly and contain ingredients harmful to plants such as sodium salts, phosphorus, salinity, and high pH levels. Make sure the greywater is properly treated before using in the garden.
Vegetable Garden: When treated with methods proven to be safe and healthy, treated greywater can provide an excellent source of nutrients for food producing plants.
Exterior Cleaning and Outdoor Furniture: Why use precious drinking water to clean your exterior walls and outside furniture? Whether you use treated or untreated greywater, the water will effectively clean your personal goods without leaving behind contaminants.
Bushfires: If you live in a bushfire prone area, you can save on fresh water by using recycled water to protect your home and prevent the spread of bushfires.
Lawn Irrigation: Recycled water used to irrigate your lawn can be untreated and will save you from paying a costly water bill in summer. Make sure the untreated water makes no contact with raw food growing in the garden.
Toilet Flushing: When treated through an appropriate filtration system, greywater can be redirected through a household plumbing system to flush your toilet.
- Article provided by Cleanawater