Being Frugal with Water
Let's Be Frugal with Water, Too!
We are all accustomed to being in the habit of wasting that precious water. If you’re a skeptic, just take apart the trap in the bathroom sink, and replace it with a bucket. Then you can empty the water that flows through the sink into the toilet when it is time to flush it. That way, the water is being used for a useful purpose, instead of simply heading down the drain. But you saw what I meant, didn’t you? If that didn’t convince you, try the same thing at the kitchen sink.
Research was done and here is the simple fact. If water has to be CARRIED from the well, each person will use 7-8 gallons on average per day. If there is a pump connected to the kitchen sink, that number rises to about 10 gallons per person. If there is running hot water in the kitchen, use hops up to 20 gallons per day. Then, if you have a completely pressurized plumbing system, people will use a whopping 30 gallons a day.
How Much Water?
For every bath you take, that’s 8-20 gallons of water. Add 1.5 to 5 gallons for every time the toilet is flushed, and 1 or 2 gallons each time the bathroom sink is used. Surprisingly, the drier the part of the country that you live in, the more water goes down the drain.
I like to use the water from the kitchen sink to water plants, flowers, and trees. I will also wash the birdbath with this water. Water that I cook vegetables or pasta with, is wonderful for a vegetable broth for soup. Just refrigerate it and use it for that purpose within a couple of days.
There have been biological or compost toilets around for years. It’s a self-contained system that requires no water, chemicals, or septic tank. It is easy to install, and available from a number of manufacturers: Biolet USA, Envirolet, and Sun-Mar.
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Graywater recycling is another wonderful option. Washing machine and sink water can also be used to water the garden and the landscape. Consult The Builder’s Greywater Guide, which will enlighten you on how to handle codes and inspectors when installing the system.
One may even go so far as to capture rainwater for watering the garden or washing your clothes. Some people manage to collect it in cisterns or barrels from the eaves, or a guttering system and distill it.
Who's Your Dowser?
I learned how to dowse or divine water from a neighbor as a child with an alder rod. He used a piece of alder about a half inch thick in the shape of a “Y”. It is held between the thumb and first finger, inverted with the bottom of the “Y” pointing upward. Go over water and you can’t hold that stick so that it won’t point down. I have heard that dowsing runs in families, so my parents must have had the gift, too, but neither one tried it, to my knowledge.
I’ll leave you with this information as food for thought right now. Some of you will enjoy the concept of being more frugal with water. Just in case you don’t know it, TX tried to buy water from the Oklahoman Native Americans, due to their shortage. It can happen. Just have a few aces up your sleeve in case it isn’t in your back yard one day.