Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

How To: Save Water around the House

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

How To: Save Water around the House

Article excerpt

Materials

What youall need to get started:

Washers

Greywater diverter

Rain water tank

Flow regulating taps and shower heads

Dual flush toilet

Tools

Wrench or spanner

Screwdriver

Safety

Do not allow children to play in the greywater, pets to drink greywater and donat water edible sections of plants with greywater.

Consult the council for legal requirements.

General

Repair dripping taps and spouts, replacing washers or other components when required.

Install water heater close to the kitchen, bathroom and laundry to minimise the distance hot water has to travel.

Single lever mixer taps allow you to pre-select the hot-cold ratio, thereby saving the water that goes down the drain while you try to get the right temperature.

Install flow regulators into the tap, which reduce the flow and aerate the water to restrict water flow while maintaining water pressure.

Install a rainwater tank to collect rainfall.

Laundry

Wash clothes only when you have a full load. Use cold water when possible if operating the washer grey water diverter hose to garden

Kitchen

Use dishwasher only when you have a full load.

Perform scheduled maintenance on your dishwasher to replace worn gaskets.

Bathroom

Install a low-flow showerhead.

Install a dual-flush toilet as these units use up to 60% less water (four-star rating).

Have a short shower instead of a bath a short showers save water and power.

Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Simply wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing a a running tap uses about 16 litres of water a minute.

Install a flow restrictor disc in basin spouts.

Fill the sink or basin with a little warm water for rinsing. Donat rinse your razor under a running tap.

Greywater

The water from baths, showers, laundry sinks, washing machines is an excellent way of saving water for use in your garden. …

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