Equipment to Help Save Water in the Bathroom
Some Fixtures for your Shower
Installing a water meter. A water meter can be attached to your shower and does exactly what the name implies. There are many different varieties, ranging from meters attached to tubing to meters built into shower heads. Some have digital readings, others use colors. The basic idea, of course, is that the showering individual will keep an eye on the meter and be able to stop before they use too much water. Some water meters will need a plumber to help install them, and some can be done without the aid of a plumber.Whether or not the shower head has a meter, installing a low flow shower head is another good way to use less water. A low-flow shower head is easy to install, without changing anything else in your bathroom or opening up a wall. Most varieties sold nowadays have the same water pressure as a regular shower head, and some come with the same spray options. They simply use less water per minute to accomplish the same tasks.
Another option for the shower is a shower head with a sensor in it. A sensor shower head uses the same technology as the sensor faucets in many public restrooms. When a sensor is triggered by something underneath it, the water will turn on. When there is nothing beneath it, the water turns off.
As mentioned above, sensor faucets are a good suggestion to save water in a bathroom. They work the same as the sensor shower and the faucets in public restrooms. Sensor fixtures have the added benefit of being easier to keep clean, because they get touched much less often. Care needs to be taken when cleaning a sensor fixture not to damage the sensor, however.
An Aerator is another simple and effective way to use less water at one time. Aerators can be installed in most regular faucets, so no new fixture has to be installed to add an aerator. What does an aerator do? It adds air to the water that flows through it, so less water is used but the spray area is just as large. Some aerators even make the spray fall in awesome patterns, though at the moment this version has not been released.
There is another attachment with instead of adding air turns the spray into a mist when it comes out, which uses even less water than the aerator.
The most water-saving faucet, if used correctly, is probably the faucet produced by 1Limit. The faucet is attached to the same water source, but it has a glass tube attached to the back which can only hold one liter of water. When the faucet is closed, the water in the tube will refill if empty. When the faucet is opened only that one liter of water will come out. Once the faucet is closed, the tube once more refills. If used properly, this system helps reduce water usage.
Many people are looking to reuse what is called “grey water.” Grey water is the water that has been used once is clean enough to use in certain ways. For example, the sink and toilet Combo. After water runs down the drain in the sink, it then fills up the tank in the toilet. In the better systems there will be a filter between the sink and the toilet. Some people have not just the sink but also the shower hooked up to a system that filters the water and then uses that water to do things like water the grass or garden. You should definitely have a plumber help you install a greywater system if you decide to go with this option, though.
The Throne, that water-consuming monolith
Using less water in the toilet can be as easy or complex as a homeowner desires. For quite some time people put bricks in the water tank of their toilet to reduce how much water a toilet needs. There are a couple problems with this, however. While it does save water, bricks disintegrate over time when immersed in water and not given a chance to dry out. This fills the toilet, and consequently the plumbing with a lot of small grainy pieces that can clog up plumbing or wear down pipes. The bricks also wear out the inside of the tank, meaning the toilet will have to be replaced sooner as well. Recently, however, a new option has come out. We haven’t seen these in stores, but online there is a company who sells bags with hangers to hang inside the tank. You simply fill the bag with something (they recommend water to inflate the little bag all the way), and then hang it on the inside. They recommend using no more than two bags per toilet, so that the toilet will still have enough water to flush.
Another option is installing a low-flow toilet. The idea between these two options is generally the same : using less water per use. However low-flow toilets have developed something of a bad reputation over the time they have been in use. There are a couple reasons for their bad reputation. The first is that until recently low-flow toilets couldn’t always flush all the waste away. Many toilet manufacturers have remodeled the low-flow toilet, fixing this problem. The second problem is that not all homes have pipes that can connect to a low flow toilet, since most are designed with regular toilets in mind. A plumber can easily tell you if your pipes can fit a low-flow toilet, however, so don’t be too quick to discount this option.
Water conservation is an important part of living in a desert, so we look forward to new and improved technologies in the future. Be sure to leave a comment below if you know of another fixture that can help all of us here in Bountiful to save water.
Be sure to contact Your Plumber Bountiful to help you install a fixture in your bathroom, remodel your bathroom, or even install a new bathroom for your home or business.