Water is quickly becoming a precious commodity and we should ask ourselves how we can best preserve water. With the rising cost of water, it is important to make the most of the water we have. At the same time, we need to recognize we need water to drink and for many other things in our daily lives.
We have all heard about the California water crisis, but similar crisis are taking place elsewhere around the world. One of the greatest threats to the Egyptian economy is all the recent damming projects on the southern stretch of the Nile. Without water, Egypt would turn into a desert and lose its arable land. California would also more than likely turn into a desert if the water crisis gets worse.
Could the answer be to try to recycle as much water as possible and use it again?
Water Solutions for the Home
There are many different types of systems you can use to recycle your water. However, greywater systems are becoming increasingly popular. A greywater system could probably reduce your water wastage as much as 50%, and many homeowners have already installed them.
How does a Grey Water System Do?
Many large hotels now use grey water systems, so why shouldn’t we consider them for our homes.
Greywater systems are designed to collect all the water you use in sinks, faucets, dishwashers, showers and baths. They take the water, clean it up, and the water is then plumbed straight back to your washing machine, toilet and outside tap. Considering that we use the most water in our bathrooms, perhaps this is an ideal solution for many homes.
The most efficient systems use ultraviolet lights to clean the water. This might add a bit to your electricity bill, but we are only taking about $30 per year.
Greywater systems are not cheap to buy, and you can expect to pay at least $5,000 for a greywater system. They also need to be maintained by a professional, and that adds extra costs.
There are alternatives available which are worth considering. For instance, you can have a “local” grey water system in your bathroom as the part of home improvement projects. This would collect all the water you use in the shower and basin, store it in a tank and it would be used to flush the toilet.
If, you are building a new home, it is a lot cheaper to have a grey water system installed. Discuss the idea with your local home contractor and plumber. They will be able to help you source the right system for your home.
Alternatively, when you are renovating your bathroom, ask your plumber to give you a quote for a smaller grey water system. You may be pleasantly surprised at the cost, and the plumber will be able to demonstrate the savings. Hotels now use grey water systems, so why shouldn’t we consider them for our homes.
You should never install a greywater system yourself. It is important to get the labeling of pipes correct. Water can also easily pick up bacteria and you would not want risk your family’s health. Make sure your plumbing service or contractor is familiar with grey water systems.