All around the world, you hear about the crisis related to the depletion of our resources. Many poor countries have suffered famine and drought, with low production of crops to eat and little water to drink. What makes it worse is that climate change affects us on a bigger scale than before, so much that even the most well-established places can suffer such mishaps. Even in our own households, we can experience an energy crisis or run out of resources. That’s why there are various ways devised for us to be able to reduce, reuse, and recycle. For example, you may think that you can only save water by using less of it, but there’s more to what you can do regarding the “used” part of it.
Grey Water System
If you want to take your water recycling game to the next level, then grey water systems are for you. Basically, what it does is instead of letting used water go down the drain and into the main sewer system, it goes in between, collects the water, and then treats it for reuse. To put it simply, it goes to a reservoir for storage and then goes through a treatment plant, and is then rerouted back to your plumbing. This is beneficial for activities such as cleaning around the house, washing your car, or even watering your plants. It will help you save at least 35-40% of the water you use and will cut costs.
Do you remember playing in the rain when you were a kid? There were probably times when you didn’t even think that the water pouring from the sky would ever end. As time passed, however, we’ve become more cautious and started avoiding the rain due to the diseases it can bring. Also, our air has become so polluted that acid rain is now a common phenomenon, which means it’s not safe to expose ourselves to it for long periods of time. But using rainwater collection systems and the right amount of treatment, we can put even that kind of water to good use. Another good thing about this is that it doesn’t take a professional to install the barrels used for it.
Give It a Second Chance
Most of us would think that once water is used for a certain chore, it should be thrown away or deemed unsafe for consumption. While the latter is true, you might want to think twice before doing the former. For example, the water you use for washing the dishes can still be repurposed for, say, washing or cleaning the bathroom. While you’re at it, you can collect that in buckets and use it to flush toilets instead of using the built-in system. Yes, you can flush toilets by pouring water in instead of just pressing the button or pushing the lever. It helps you minimise your waste and save money at the same time.
The percentage of potable water is less than 10% and that number will keep on becoming smaller and smaller as many people use it on a daily basis. Let’s face the fact that we cannot live without this precious commodity. Every life on Earth depends on water to survive, and if we don’t do something about it, even in the smallest of ways, then there wouldn’t be enough for the next generation to continue.