Did you know that the average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water per day? That’s almost 55,000 litres per person over the course of a full year, and while there’s plenty of water to go around, the processing of this water can have a big impact on our environment. So rather than have that excess water go straight down the drain to put additional strain on sewage treatment systems, (and your household bills), why not recycle it? It’s easier than you might think, and in today’s blog post, we’ll share some of the simplest ways you can recycle your water at home.
Method #1: Look into installing a greywater system
Let’s begin with the most effective catch-all solution for water re-use – installing a greywater system. The term ‘greywater’ refers to any waste water which has not come into contact with any form of sewage or waste – think water from your washing machine, shower, and bathtub. A greywater system can be integrated with your existing plumbing system and essentially loops the waste water from these greywater locations and puts them back into the available water pool. Because it’s not technically clean, greywater will be fed back to any source which isn’t meant for either drinking or bathing, such as the toilet, outdoor tap, or washing machine.
Method #2: Use a “showerbucket”
How many times have you flicked on the shower to let it heat up before stepping in? Probably countless – and that’s perfectly fine; showers can take a minute or so to get up to temperature. But during this warming stage, many litres of clean, processed water can go straight down the drain. To prevent this, you can simply pop a small bucket under the shower flow, then move it when you get in. After your shower, either store the water in a tank, or use it right away for watering plants and other household tasks. Waste not, want not.
Method #3: Adjust your water use in the kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most common places where water usage can go somewhat unchecked. We’ve all poured away the water used for cooking pasta, for example – but this can actually be re-used in your home or garden. Don’t worry: plants don’t usually mind a faint taste of spaghetti, although do be conscious of salt levels if you’ve seasoned the water during cooking. This water can also be used for other non-consumption and non-hygiene tasks such as washing the car, cleaning outdoor furniture, and so on.
Method #4: Keep an eye out for abandoned drinks and bottles
This final method refers to something else we’re sure you can relate to: those half-consumed glasses of water that can so often be peppered around house. The larger your household, the more likely it is you’ll come across is, but even so – you can sometimes find abandoned pints of water which can given to a thirsty houseplant or even the family pet. It doesn’t matter what you do with the water itself, just so long as it doesn’t go directly down the drain without having served some purpose.
Hopefully you’ve found an idea or two in today’s blog post to help you reduce your water footprint, lower your water bill, and reduce the strain on sewage processing systems. If you’re keen on sustainability in the home, be sure to check out our range of sustainable whirlpool baths. Have a question? Call us anytime.