Put Plastic Bottles or a Float Booster in Your Toilet Tank
To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or, buy a tank bank or float booster. This may save 45 or more litres of water per day. Be sure at least 14 litres of water remain in the tank so it will flush properly. If there is not enough water to get a proper flush, users will hold the lever down too long or do multiple flushes to get rid of waste. Two flushes at say 9 litres are worse than a single 14 litre flush. Flush only when necessary, not after each visit.
Re-using water to flush toilets is also a very practical and efficient way to save water. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, for example:
- Wash dishes inside containers and use water to flush – preferably rinsing water only if washing water is too oily and contains solids that could clog up flushing systems
- Use shower and bath water. Catch shower water while standing inside a bucket when showering – a bit more tricky but you’ll be surprised how much you manage to catch
- Install an Ecogator Greywater System and divert water into a holding tank connected to toilets. This is a more costly option, especially as you’ll need to adjust plumbing, however it is a lot easier to re-use bath, shower and laundry water this way. You can also attach a tap to the holding tank should you want to use the water to irrigate your garden. Just remember, grey water shouldn’t stand too long as odours and bacteria form – however the Probac Greywater Additive will extend time water can stand if needed. If the water is used and topped up through daily consumption then odours and bacteria will be minimal. More information about the Ecogator Greywater System is available on our home page.
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