Water is not an unlimited resource. We here in Canada tend to forget this fact, because we have such a large portion of the world’s fresh water, but less than 2% of the water on Earth is drinkable, and even less than that is accessible. This means we have to make an effort to conserve water in our Yorkville condos so that there will still be water left for our children and grandchildren. Conserving water is easy. Here are some simple ways you can do it at home.
Go Low Flow
Installing low flow plumbing fixtures like shower heads, toilets, and taps will make a huge difference in your water usage. You will be able to see it when you compare your water bill to the bill received at other nearby Leslieville homes. You don’t need to re-plum to switch over or even remove or replace your old hardware. You can get an add-on from any hardware store for under $20. You can even get the same effect by filling a soda bottle with water and sticking it in your toilet tank.
Turn Off the Tap
The most basic method of water conservation – and one that is still not observed in all Markham townhouses – is turning off the tap when you’re not using the water. That means not leaving the tap on while you’re brushing your teeth, getting any plumbing leaks fixed pronto, and not wasting good water by watering your lawn or having hose fights in your yard.
Most of the water we use in a day in our Scarborough houses is used on bathing. Baths are the most wasteful way to clean yourself, so limit or eliminate the number of baths you take. You should also shorten your showers to conserve water. You can even turn off the shower while you’re soaping yourself up and then turn it back on to rinse off like Navy sailors are used to doing. It’s the most efficient use of water.
Many people think that following water conservation advice will mean their lawns and house plants will wither and die, but that’s not the case. You can use grey water, or used water, to nourish plants. Just collect your rinse water from dishes and showers (nothing too soapy or full of toothpaste) in a bucket. If you’re only just making your one storey house plans now, you can even incorporate a collection system into the design.