Saving Water - How do we?

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Saving Water - How do we?

Postby minnie » Fri May 16, 2008 7:24 am

Realising some of us are on tank water, some town water, some in drought and some with water restrictions.

There's always some tip that someone's done we haven't thought of to conserve water... so what are some of the things we do(or have done) to conserve water?

Here's mine (past as we've had so much rain our tanks keep overflowing... sad but true): In no real order...

1. Ensure gutters, piping and tank covers are clean and clear (heavy due can run a bit in) and all tap have NO DRIPS.
2. Bathing - cleanest first, dirtest last (old way but when in drought) leave in the bath water.
3. Loo flush only for number 1, and use the bath water to flush other... one big flush per day (if the loo is on the tank)
4. Bath water bucketed out to plants
5. Wash up once per day or every second day.
6. Scrape plates don't rinse, in fact don't rinse anything
7. Use dishwater to wash down surfaces before washing up (dependent on dirtiest)
8. If not too bad off with water but watching it - take a bucket into the shower, then use the water to clean the bathroom or water plants
9. Fill a bottle with water instead of glass and drink all you put in a glass.
10. Use a laundromat instead of washing at home.
11. When washing fruit and veg, do it at the same time and put the plug in the sink and wash in the water rather than let it run down the sink
12. When showering if really desperate, wet, soap up turn off water and only turn on to rinse quickly.

Oops nearly forgot don't leave tap running, when washing hands or teeth.

If I really have a good think there's more but I'm sure some of you can come up with some more?

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Re: Saving Water - How do we?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sat May 17, 2008 8:07 pm

Hi Vicki, :)

Some very good ideas for saving water. We all need a reminder every now and then.

I am sure there are many more things we could all do to save water or use our water more appropriately benefiting all creatures and our environment.

Cheers
Kathleen
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

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Re: Saving Water - How do we?

Postby minnie » Sat May 24, 2008 6:21 am

Hi Kathleen,

I think it's something many of us do these days without thinking, well those of us on tank water especially.

Nothing should be taken for granted these days that's for sure.

:)
Vicki

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Re: Saving Water - How do we?

Postby wendyville » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:12 pm

3. Loo flush only for number 1, and use the bath water to flush other... one big flush per day (if the loo is on the tank)

I have a question about the above point. I use a bucket and empty with force (not trickling) into the toilet and my water does flush but it is still murky - doesnt seem to work for me. How do you use recycled water to flush the toilet ?

Another suggestion to add to the list - I can be lazy in the kitchen recycling of water used to wash the veg so I solved this problem by buying a bucket especially to hold all this recycled water and empty it at end of each day.

wendy

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Re: Saving Water - How do we?

Postby minnie » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:24 am

Hi Wendy,

We use well water for our loo and the water never looks great and it stains the bowl a bit.

I don't think there's any way to get the recycled water from looking murky unless it treated before hand... a full flush at least once a day or after two's ;) keeps it pretty okay though.

:D
Vicki

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Re: Saving Water - How do we?

Postby wendyville » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:03 am

Thanks Vicki - wendy

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Re: Saving Water - How do we?

Postby LeLoup » Mon May 10, 2010 12:31 pm

I fitted a third tap in our shower. This means that once you have established the temprature, you can turn it off with the third tap and it will stay at that temprature.
We do rinse when washing-up, but we rinse over a large ice cream container and use this water for pouring on dirty plates before washing.
Eggs are washed in a garden water butt.
Grey water runs into large trenches under the gardens.
We have compost toilets, no water use.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau.

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Re: Saving Water - How do we?

Postby minnie » Mon May 10, 2010 2:40 pm

Careful with washing eggs, they are very porous and can end up contaminated.

Once any poo is dry brush them clean even with a bit of steel wool.
:)
Vicki


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