Alexis Velasquez

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Ideas to save water at home. I have one, collecting rainwater... what else?

I live in a small apartment, but when i bought it, i installed a rainwater collector system. So right now I can use this kind of water to the toilet and cleaning. so Iwant to know other brilliant ideas.

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    Apr 8 2014: 1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.
    2. Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
    3. Check your toilets for leaks.
    4. Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks.
    5. Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators cheapest.
    6. Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank.
    7. Insulate your water pipes.
    8. Take shorter showers.
    9. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush.
    10. Rinse your razor in the sink.
    11. Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.
    12. Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units.
    13. When washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing.
    14. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables.
    15. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.
    16. Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants.
    17. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.
    18. Don't water the gutter.
    19. Water your lawn only when it needs it.
    20. Deep-soak your lawn.
    21. Water during the early parts of the day; avoid watering when it's windy.
    22. Add organic matter and use efficient watering systems for shrubs, flower beds and lawns.
    23. Don't run the hose while washing your car.
    24. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
    25. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings.

    Imagine if all humans have short hair and only shampoo three or less times a week?
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      Apr 8 2014: thank you Feliciano, you have so many things that can be help to the environment. according with your last comment, that would be a great idea! but i would like to know what a woman are thinking about this.
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      Apr 8 2014: 26. Use compost tea on your lawn and garden, plants’ roots grow deeper with compost tea. Thus requiring less water and improved survivability during droughts.
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        Apr 8 2014: Good idea. specially for small places, like a balcony
    • Apr 8 2014: Hi Rodrigo, I would not do what is suggested in #6
      6. Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank.

      I think a much better idea is to put a brick on the bottom. That saves water.

      At the cottage we have a garden hose attached to the water supply. Normal, right :) But it is circled and on top of a metal roof. Then it goes into a rainbarrel which stands on top of a shower stall. Because it was so hot we also had to install a cold supply in the shower.
  • Apr 10 2014: Water covers most of the planet, water is not a problem, energy is.. although it should not be either. Education is the real problem and our biggest shortage. To help apartments I suggested they put the swimming pool on the roof and run the drainage down through the toilets, that way you save water and it is already chlorinated to keep the toilets clean and sanitized. I found out later some took my advise and are saving a ton of money. In order for this to be financially feasible it has to be incorporated into the original plans, refitting an already built structure is not usually practical for this type of application.
  • Apr 13 2014: Conservation Tips

    •Check household faucets for leaks.
    A faucet with even a slow drip takes 10 to 25 gallons of water.
    Just think, 15 drips per minute add up to almost 3 gallons of water wasted per day,
    65 gallons wasted per month, and 788 gallons wasted per year!

    •Keep showers to 5 minutes or less in length.
    A five-minute shower takes 10 to 25 gallons of water.

    •Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.
    Then you won't have to run tap water to cool it.

    •Use a broom to sweep your driveway, garage, or sidewalk instead of using water.

    •Use a bucket of water to wash your bike or the family car and rinse quickly with a hose.

    •Water your lawn in the evening or in the early morning to avoid evaporation.
    Be careful to water only the lawn and not the sidewalk or street.

    •Use water only when you need it.
    Don't leave water running; be sure to turn it off when you are finished.
  • Apr 13 2014: I have a comment on the rainwater idea there is acid rain that is very dangerous. It all came from the recycling centers because when people take birth control, it gets in the clouds and when the clouds get full it pours down.
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    Apr 13 2014: Human vanity and greed may be the two biggest causes of clean water shortage.
  • Apr 13 2014: Alexis, I discovered this product and it has been the best device I have used to save water. I cannot compliment the design team anymore than recommend it if you want to save water. It isn't the high pressure spray that has been the norm for water saving attachments and I highly recommend this product. Delta Faucet 75152 Water Amplifying Adjustable Showerhead with H2OKINETIC Technology, Chrome.
  • Apr 12 2014: Water meter.
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    Apr 10 2014: As toilets are one of the main water consumers in private house-holds, installing composting toilets where possible would help to save water to a large degree:
  • Apr 10 2014: Stop using Taps would single handedly reduce around 40 percent water wastage or find an alternative for taps (something Similar to miniature hand pumps)
  • Apr 10 2014: If you fill a bucket with boiling hot water then adjust it to the correct temperature with cold water. Your limiting your shower to that one bucket and saving the mass amounts of water that is wasted from the overhead version.
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    Apr 9 2014: How do space shuttles and space stations deal with their liquids? Some of those processes may be of benefit to you too.
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      Apr 9 2014: Good question. I will investigate that
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      Apr 13 2014: "How do space shuttles and space stations deal with their liquids? Some of those processes may be of benefit to you too." William Clegg

      High tech expensive filtration systems.
  • Apr 9 2014: This I have used in the past:

    1. do not flush every time. This was something that was suggested in a drought in LA several years ago before they built the aqueducts.
    2. dish water and water from the clothes washer can be used to water plants - need to be careful about the type of detergent
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    Apr 9 2014: Not sure how big you can go in your apartment, but how about a large transparent plastic/glass funnel that can collect rainwater on its outside surface, channeling it down to a collector - and underneath the inside sloping surface of the funnel (which would be semi-enclosed, also in transparent material), you could grow dwarf tomato plants or some other edible crop.

    When it rains, you collect water, and when the sun shines, the evaporation from the tomatoes will condense on the inside of the glass funnel surface and run into the same collector as the rainwater - and you would eventually end up with a nice crop of tomatoes.

    Not sure it would work entirely successfully (I haven't tried it out), because the glass surface above the tomatoes would have to be kept cool enough for the transpiration from the plants to condense sufficiently for water to be collected...?
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    Apr 8 2014: You should probably look into permaculture and aquaponics. I read somewhere (I can't find the article right now) that by using plants to purify the water you could create a closed water loop where you don't have to inject more water into that system. This closed loop system is actually being used in aquaponics to transfer nutrients from the fish feces to the plants where the plants in turn converts those nutrients to oxygen for the fish while purifying the water, all in a closed loop which means little to no cleaning of the water tanks nor adding any new water.
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    Apr 8 2014: Hi Alexis,
    1) separate grey water ( that's the one that comes from washing dishes, showers, etc) and use it for irrigation instead of letting it flow off into a septic tank .
    2) Instead of using the toilet when you have to pee, just do it in your garden. It saves you one toilet flushing per pee and as a side effect you still fertilize your plants.
    3) if you use a washing machine, try to use one that has a water saving feature.
    4) in case you irrigate a garden, try drip irrigation instead of broad irrigation. That's more efficient. Also use mulching around your plants. That retains moisture and you need to irrigate less.
  • Apr 8 2014: In some US states, it is illegal to collect rainwater. I am not joking.
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      Apr 8 2014: what is the reason? maybe there are too much pollutants in the air. and depends of what kind of reuse you are thinking. for instance i never use this kind of water to drink or wash dishes.
    • Apr 8 2014: Yes Brian, our daughter lives in Colorado and any collection of rainwater is indeed illegal. That is not to protect anyone. but because that water is needed downstream...
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      Apr 8 2014: Bryan, Alexis and Adriaan,
      It helps to look at all relevant information...

      Personally, I like taking showers in the warm summer rains when the opportunity arises:>)
      There is nothing like the feeling of working/playing in the gardens all day, and opening to the refreshing warm rain to wash the body:>) Legal, or illegal....I'm still going to do it!!! :>)
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        Apr 8 2014: Good for you Colleen. only for your knowledge, i come from a land with a warm weather, and is customary for kids play under the rain. and you are right, the feeling is unique.
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          Apr 8 2014: Perhaps good for all of us Alexis?

          I come from a land where there is very cold weather half of the year....northeast USA....we still have lots of snow on the I REALY appreciate the warm summer rains:>)
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      Apr 8 2014: I know you're not joking, Bryan. In some municipalities or cities or counties, rainwater is municipal or county property because it goes to the water reservoir, or something like that.
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      Apr 9 2014: Over here (Australia) in the space of fifty years we have gone from rainwater tanks being common but unregulated to rainwater tanks being banned in built up areas to rain water tanks being compulsory on new dwellings. They require seperate pipes which are purple so you don't drink it. (Not that it did me any harm at my Nan's place as a child) It just takes a couple of really bad droughts for the authorities to see the light.
  • Apr 8 2014: If you wash your car at dawn, or right after a shower/rain, it may be wet enought already.
  • Apr 8 2014: This is just an idea, for now. As an alternative to heating water for showers and bathtubs, I would investigate ways to heat the body, during washing/bathing, instead of the water. This could be done with various kinds of radiant heat, such as infrared lights or burners. This could eliminate the need for storing water at elevated temperatures, awaiting uses.
    Not as much a water-saving idea, as an energy-saving one, though.
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    Apr 8 2014: We have a composting toilet. It uses vacuum to flush with very little water. Normally around here they use septic tanks with a normal water flush. Not only does this waste a few gallons per flush, but it's final resting place is in the water table, polluting that. Our waste is kept to enrich the soil in the garden.
    It admittedly uses a small amount of electricity, for which we have a solar panel, but there are non-electric versions.

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      Apr 8 2014: Very interesting. thank you for the information.
  • Apr 8 2014: Alexis you make a very valid point but I think looking into some native cultures that live in a desert climate might guide you in the right direction
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      Apr 8 2014: thanks Eugene. you have right, It would be interesting looking for about some ideas that are making in that kind of places.