Monday, June 29th, 2009 | Author:  | 15,003 views - starting Aug 9/09

so far, i’ve covered general water saving tips + saving-water-in-the-kitchen tips … now:

suggestions for saving water in the bathroom …

toilets …

* minimize the amount of toilet paper you use and flush down the toilet … better yet, dispose of used toilet paper in a trash bin …

* avoid flushing garbage (including pads, tampons, and diapers) down the toilet … water systems are not the equivalent of landfills …

* use a dual flush or low flow toilet … low flow toilets use, on average, approximately 4.8 to 6 litres (18 to 23 gallons) per flush whereas older models can use a whopping 12 to 26 L (46 to 99 gallons) per flush! … dual flush toilets generally use 3 L (11 gallons; half flush) and 6L (23 gallons; full flush) …

* fix toilet leaks … pour some turmeric powder or beet juice in your toilet cistern (tank) to stain the water yellow or purple [avoid using synthetic FD&C (food dye & colour), as these man-made chemicals are usually unhealthy and unnecessary pollutants to your own body and to aquatic wildlife] … if this coloured water seeps into your toilet without flushing, there is a leak that needs to be fixed … make sure you flush to prevent staining the cistern …

* decrease the number of times you flush the toilet … when possible, flush only after multiple uses … for example, if you flush the toilet unnecessarily once a day every day for a year, you can waste up to 1,000 L (3, 800 gallons) of water!

* build a toilet dam (or displacement device) … make like a beaver and place an empty, sealed plastic jug or glass jar into your toilet tank … this will decrease the amount of water you use with each flush … make sure your dam doesn’t interfere with the operation of any toilet parts … this is especially important for older toilets (e.g., installed prior to 1992) …

* repair or replace your toilet flush valve flapper if it does not close properly and fully after each flush …

showers …

* keep the duration of your showers to a minimum … if you have a shower head in your tub, an interesting and perhaps alarming test to determine how much water you use is to plug the drain while you shower … you’ll see how quickly the water fills the tub and you’ll get an idea of how much water you use to keep clean … ask yourself if you really need to use this much water … can you decrease the length of time and the pressure of water? … cutting your shower by 1 to 2 minutes can save up to 600 L (150 gallons) per month!

* use a low-flow shower head … old shower heads generally waste 18 to 30 L/min (68 to 114 gallons/min) while more efficient models use 5.6 to 9.5 L/min (21 to 36 gallons) … how do you know if your shower head is water-efficient? … test it –> if your shower fills a 4-litre (approximately 1 gallon) container in less than 20 seconds, replace it; it’s wasting water … you will notice the pleasant difference this makes to your energy and water bills …

* when you run the tap to wait for the water to warm up for a shower or bath, allow only a modest stream instead of a torrent to flow from the tap … catch the cool water in a bucket and use it to water your plants, to clean surfaces, or for your pets … alternatively, plug the bathtub and adjust the water temperature as the tub fills up …

* when possible, take a 5 minute shower instead of a bath …

* if you take a bath, use the least amount of water possible … for example, reduce the amount of water you use by 5 cm (2 inches) …

* bathe your children together …

* for your health and that of the environment, use biodegradable, natural hand soaps, facial cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, deodourant, toothpaste, face and body creams, etc. …

* use biodegradable, eco-friendly bath cleaners or make your own (e.g., use combinations of baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, lemon juice, borax, biodegradable dish soap, or sea salt, etc. with hot water) … avoid toxic cleaning agents as much as possible … not only are the fumes dangerously toxic to you, your family and pets (industrial cleaners are powerful carcinogens and DNA mutagens), these cleaners also wreak havoc in all ecosystems and pollute groundwater (and subsequently tap water) …

* avoid depilatory creams … these are horrible for your own health as well as that of aquatic ecosystems …

next post (wed july 1st) –> how to do laundry … water saving tips for washing your dirty clothes …

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6 Responses

  1. 1
    Amanda Rane 

    Nice Tips. I’ve been following this topic since part 1. I’ve learned a lot that i continuously advice my family about it. And to make everything good, I even implemented to used biodegradable plastic in our house. One way of helping saves the world.

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  5. 5
    Tamica 

    Great!

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    Focus diy (via Trackback)

    Thank you for your well-thought write-up.