Saving Water

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By installing simple devices such as water-efficient showers and taps, we can minimise our use of heated water, saving both energy and water in the process.  What many of us don't realise however, is that discarded water from our baths, sink and showers (known as grey water) can be reused to significant financial and environmental effect. 

Grey water Harvesting  

Grey water harvesting is a term given to the collection and usage of water that has been discarded from washing machines, dishwashers, baths, showers and sinks, etc. with a view to reusing it (usually) for non-drinking purposes. Gardeners and allotmenteers have been collecting grey water for generations for re use on flower beds and vegetables. And although using grey water for drinking purposes is still not recommended (even with bacteria-killing water treatments), utilising grey water for some non-drinking purposes can significantly cut our water consumption and our water bills.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is a term given to the collection and usage of rain that has fallen onto rooftops and garages, etc. Recent technological innovations now make it possible to connect rainwater harvesting systems directly to our home’s existing plumbing. Meaning that, as well as watering your garden, rainwater can now also be used to flush lavatories, wash the car and even fill a washing machine. Unlike grey water, which can contain harmful pathogens and bacteria, captured rainwater can, in some cases, be used for drinking purposes (particularly where animals are concerned), which can reduce water consumption (and water bills) according to the Rainwater Harvesting Association.

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