Water is one of the basic necessities of life and something most people take for granted in their homes. However, water prices continue to rise, and there is a growing understanding of how household water consumption affects the natural environment. For these reasons, reducing the amount of water used in their household has become an important priority for many Australians.
Fortunately, there are many easy ways that you can make a big difference. Here are two simple and cost-effective changes that you can make with the help of your plumber which will significantly reduce your household water consumption.
1. Add water-efficient shower heads
A daily shower is something that most people couldn't go without; however, showers are one of the biggest culprits for excess water consumption in a home. A standard showerhead uses up to 20 litres of water per minute, which adds up to thousands of litres each week for an average-sized household.
By adding a water-efficient showerhead, you can reduce the amount of water you use in your shower by up to 50%. Opt for a showerhead with a high water saving rating for the best results. If you aim to reduce the length of your showers, even if it's only by a minute each day, you can save even more water. Adding a waterproof timer to the shower is a great way to help reduce shower time.
2. Add a greywater diversion system
Household wastewater is divided into two categories. The first is blackwater, which is sewage from the toilet and water that contains food scraps from the kitchen. The second is greywater, which is the water waste produced from showers, baths and washing machines. Blackwater needs to be disposed of for health and safety reasons, but greywater can be recycled on site.
Your plumber can install a greywater diversion system in your home which will let you reuse your greywater. Instead of being disposed of through municipal sewage pipes, the greywater can be redirected to a storage tank. It can then be used for watering the garden, flushing toilets and other purposes that don't involve human consumption.
Diverting and reusing your greywater can save thousands of fresh litres of fresh water every day. If you intend to use your greywater in your garden, make sure that you use laundry and bathroom products that are certified as garden-friendly and free from chemicals and minerals that may harm your plants and lawn.Share