Water & Water Savings

“Water & Water Savings”

It comes as a surprise to most, how much extra an unnecessarily high water consumption costs. With a cubic meter price of between 5,25 and 8 €. – In some municipalities even up to 10,75 € – It pays to keep track of his consumption. In addition, of course, respect for the environment that you can lend a hand by holding back on the expensive water drops.

In this section we give you information and tips for saving water both inside and outside the home. If you want to compare to what an average water consumption is, you should expect that you consume 110-125 liters of water a day for cooking, bath, laundry, washing dishes and flushing toilets. It provides a water consumption of 40-43 m3 of water per year. person.

Water savings in bath and kitchen

Up to 65% of water consumption in a household goes to hygiene and toilet flushing. So, bathroom and kitchen is a good place to start when you want to reduce your water consumption.

For example, you can download a great economic benefit to using a spare shower in the bath. Typically you can halve water consumption to bath alone to replace the showerhead. And once you're at it, you can also put water saves on all the taps in the house.

Do you have an old toilet, you can also here to save both water and money by switching to a new toilet with low water consumption. The investment will be recouped in a few years.

Water savings to the toilet

Much of the water consumption in the home is for toilet flushing, especially if it is older toilets.

Quite old toilets with a cistern that hangs high on the wall uses 12 liters of water or more per year. rinse.

Older toilets where the cistern and toilet bowl is built together (usually in day) spend about 9 liters. rinse - some a lot more.

Newer toilets use about 6 liters. rinse.

Toilets with two flush button typically use 3 liters for full flush and 6 liters for full flush.

The latest 2-flush toilets use by 2 liters for full flush and 4 liters for full flush. The flushing volume can usually be adjusted to such. can be set, for example. 2/4 3/8 liter or liters, if necessary because of. The drainage system.

The new toilets are designed to operate correctly by the low water levels.

By contrast, one should not fill the rocks or in the cistern on an existing toilet, which can damage the flushing effect and possible. lead stopped drainpipe.

There is available, however, efforts to existing toilets, which makes it possible to choose small flush of 3 liters and full flush is unchanged.

It's a good idea to keep an eye on that installations are in order.

A toilet, where water stands or runs, can cost up to 8 m3 of water and 54 € in a day.

Although the toilet runs so little that you can not see it with the naked eye, it can provide an annual water loss of 100 m3 of water or 670 €. You can easily test for toilet leaks by putting a napkin on the back of the toilet bowl.

If it gets wet, you have repaired your toilet as soon as possible.

Take advantage of rainwater

Rainwater can namely, instead of flooding, collected and used for flushing toilets, washing clothes, cleaning the tiles, cars, mm. and for garden irrigation.

It is also possible to percolate the water in a gabion or assemble it in a gardenlake.

Fascines and seepage

When heavy rains, it often turns out that the sewers it difficult to accommodate the many cubic meters of water.

And instead of risking water damage to the house and home, it may be worth getting landscaped perimeter drains around the home, which collects rainwater and directs it to a gabion, where it seeps into the ground.

You can also choose to connect the downpipes - who normally run water down the drain - to a gabion and percolate water, thus completely avoid overflow to the sewer.

Rainwater for the garden

The simplest use of rainwater is to put a rainwater barrel on the drainpipe and pick up the water for watering the garden. There is a wealth of barrels in different price ranges on the market - plastic barrels of various sizes, colors and designs and also some wooden barrels.

The barrel must be connected to the downpipe via a pipe with filter and there must be an overflow of sewage.

Infiltration of rainwater

Infiltration of rainwater is going through a gabion. A gabion is in effect a hole in the ground, for example. is filled with stone or ready-made cartridges with perforated plastic pipes.

Gabion ensures that rainwater seeps into the ground and thus returned to the environment.

A gabion can alleviate flooding of the land. To completely disconnect rainwater from the public drainage system, there are several municipalities that pay back part of the connection fee.

You may well even build a gabion, but you must follow applicable law and the municipality must be informed before you establish it.