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Water Conservation Examples

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This picture shows several methods of water conservation, including the use of gutters to collect rainwater and cisterns which allow for redistribution.  The picture also suggests the use of drought resistant plants, which can survive with less water.

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Re-Using 'Graywater:' Next Step in Conservation? : Discovery News

Re-Using 'Graywater:' Next Step in Conservation? : Discovery News | APES: Water Conservation at Home G4 | Scoop.it

Don't throw out that bathwater, say conservationists, who argue up to 80 percent of household water could be reused.

 

Using gray water is another useful method in conserving water in the home.  As the world's water supply diminishes, reusing gray water will become more important to our society than ever.  More than half of the water we use has the potential to be used for other purposes.  If we start reusing this gray water, water conservation can be easier than ever before. 

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57 Ways - 57. Conserve Water In And Around The Home

57 Ways - 57. Conserve Water In And Around The Home | APES: Water Conservation at Home G4 | Scoop.it

Conserving water results in smaller water bills and also helps to prevent pollution.  Using less water diminishes the risk of overloading a septic system, which can cause contamination of lakes and streams.  This article gives water conservation tips, and says that the largest amount of water is used in the bathroom, suggesting that water conservation should start here.  Taking shorter showers and using water efficient shower heads is a first step to successful water conservation.

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Water Use Graphic

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This chart represents the amounts of water used for different purposes in the average household.  This helps to better identify the aspects of water use that we should try to limit.

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Original "Water Conservation at Home" Article

Water conservation in households is becoming more critical as the water supply in the world is becoming more scarce.  In the home, 26.8% of water is used just for the toilet alone.  21.7% is used for washing clothes.  These are examples of common activities that waste water every day.  But wealthier countries still tend to waste more water and be less efficient with water use compared to less developed countries.  For example, while some developing countries lack enough water for consumption, many in wealthier countries waste hundreds of gallons, sometimes even thousands, to water lawns and fill up private pools.

 

There have been new innovations in technology to help solve the problem of wasting too much water.  For example, Australia and some countries in Europe and Asia have started using dual flush toilets.  These toilets have two different settings of flushes, with 6 L for solid waste and 3 L for liquid waste.  This reduces the amount of water wasted for flushes that don't require as much water.  Another technological advancement has incorporated gray water usage by attaching a washing machine to a toilet.  Once the washing machine has completed its cycle, the resulting water is deposited into the toilet for reuse. However, water can be conserved without such complicated machinery; water efficient shower heads are another great option for saving water.

 

There are also ways to conserve water without purchasing any new appliances.  This can be done by taking shorter showers, checking your toilet and faucets for leaks, and turning off water while brushing your teeth.  Water collected in gutters along the roofs of houses can be recycled for watering plants.  Even with these simple steps, water conservation can save the world if everyone does their part.

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Water Conservation: 25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard | Eartheasy.com

Water Conservation: 25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard | Eartheasy.com | APES: Water Conservation at Home G4 | Scoop.it

Water conservation for homeowners, tips for easy ways to conserve water in the home and garden, and water conservation products.

 

The article provides several tips on on conservation of water inside the household.  These range from checking for leaky pipes and faucets to putting plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank.  Things like this will help to cut some costs on water bill, while at the same time conserving the Earth's water.  People often don't realize that little things such as this can make such a big impact.

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Water Saving Appliances

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Though they may be more expensive, switching to water saving appliances can help to save money on water bills in the long term.  Washers and dryers like these also help to conserve water for other uses by wasting less.

 

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