Water conservation is an important part of energy efficiency. Though it seems as though water is plentiful in our society it is actually a great burden on our energy supply to treat and clean this water for everyday use in our plumbing system. We conserve water not because we fear that the water will run out, but to use less energy in this treatment system. So, one way you can save our country tons of energy is by recycling your greywater.
The Different Water Colors
- White Water: No no, this isn’t water used for rafting, it is instead pure clean water that comes from our faucets, showers, and toilets. It is clean to drink and wash with.
- Greywater: Greywater is gently used water. It is the leftover water from baths, showers, and washing machines. Greywater is not safe for drinking.
- Black Water: This is water that contains human waste. It also is not safe for drinking or washing (surprise!).
Flushing Toilets: By pouring greywater into your toilet bowl, you will initiate the flushing mechanism. Considering toilets are one of the largest consumers of water in the house, this is a great place to conserve water. Remember, DO NOT put greywater into the toilet tank. The particles in the water will clog your toilet. This could reduce your household water use by as much as 30%.
Only the Beginning
We waste an enormous amount of water in our homes without even realizing it. This is one example of how a little extra awareness, time, and effort can lead to huge changes in our society. There are literally hundreds of water saving strategies out there and already by following only one, we can reduce water use by 30%. Imagine how efficient we can become if we all banded together to reach a common goal.