Water is a precious resource that costs money to be treated for home consumption, and costs the consumer money in water bills.
Water recycling has proven to be a socially, environmentally and economically viable solution to help use water more efficiently, City Buzz reports.
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Save pasta water
Next time you’re making a pot of pasta, don’t dump all of that precious water down the drain! Instead, set your colander over another large pot to collect all of that precious water. Once the water has cooled, you can use it on your garden or to water your house plants.
Use a bucket when bathing
When you use a bucket, the amount of water that is used is less as compared to when one uses a shower, as shower tend to waste more water. With a bucket, excess water can be saved and used for other activities, such as watering plants. Alternatively, place a bucket inside the shower, and use the excess water around the house.
Save water from washing vegetables
Washing vegetables uses water that is reusable. Place your colander over a large pot to collect the water while you’re washing the vegetables. You can use your collected water to water the garden or flush the toilet.
Install a greywater system
Greywater is defined as water from showers, baths, hand basins in the bathrooms and washing machines. Water from all these places can be conserved by having a greywater system. For example, water draining from your laundry can be diverted to flush the toilet. Installing such a system requires plumbing and a little investment, but it’s worth it.
Divert rain water
If it is rainy season, keep a barrel under your roof’s drain, and collect the rain water to water your garden, do the dishes or wash the cars.
Reuse drinking water
If you have water left over in a glass, you can use it to water your plants. You can also pour tea without sugar on plants in the garden.
Create a rain garden
A rain garden is an attractive landscaping feature planted with perennial plants such as tomato, onion and basil. It is a bowl-shaped or saucer-shaped garden with deep, loose soil, designed to absorb water run-off from surfaces such as roofs, walkways, driveways and parking lots.
Water recycling methods listed above should prove useful in many households.