It is surprising to know that water shortage is happening across a number of countries globally. Reduction of water wastage can play a key role in curbing this menace. People should know that protection and conservation of water is very vital as it saves on money and energy. Large quantities of water can be saved by use of the latest water fixtures that are well designed to operate with less water but delivering just enough for your domestic use.
For example, a toilet initially operating at 7 liters of water can be redesigned to operate at 1.5L saving up to 80% of water. There are quite a number of the latest water-saving plumbing fixtures designed to operate correctly with less water.
1. Dual flush toilets/ High efficiency toilets (HET)
High efficiency/Dual flush toilets are gaining rapid popularity due to their amazing nature to save up to 80% of flushing water as mentioned earlier. However, it is sad to note that over 40% of households still use the the old toilets that can flush with 7 liters of water. The new high efficiency and dual flush toilets can use less than 1.5 liters per flush.
2. Ultra-low flow showerheads
Up to 20% of domestic water is used daily on showering with the old or inefficient showering heads. However, you can help you save as much as 70% by switching to the high performance (ultra-low flow) showerheads. Installation of these high performance showerheads will give you a good strong shower stream. This plumbing fixture not only saves on water wastage but also on electricity usage in the case of hot showers. People do not like low flow shower heads but there is a wide variety to choose from without compromising on your comfort.
3. Water-saving Faucets
Old inefficient faucets use more than 2.2 liters per minute. It is important to note that the latest high efficiency faucets have been designed to operate on a flow rate of not more than 1.5 liters per minute saving up to 40% of the water in the faucet without the risk of losing good pressure. These water-saving faucets have some special built-in-filter water taps allowing an individual to make his/her own bottled water more efficiently.
4. Pressure reducing valves (PRV)
This plumbing fixture is often installed on the main water line to your home. A home can effectively operate very well with low pressure water of up to 35psi. Pressure can go well over 70psi before the installation of pressure reduction valve in your home piping system. High pressure water can go to water through splash and line bursts, PRV can therefore save on your pipes and more so on water.
Do not try to install these fixtures by yourself, call a professional plumber, they have professional tools and the experience needed.
5. Re-circulating hot water system
It is quite common to drain cold used water down your drainage system. However, installation of this water-saving plumbing fixture ensures that hot water recirculates within your present hot water system delivering hot water to faucets and showers. Recirculating hot water systems not only saves on water wastage but also helps a lot in reducing the bulkiness of your existing power bill.
However, majority of people have not switched to these fascinating water-saving plumbing fixtures. Some regard them as home appliances for the rich. Considering the massive benefits, you are advised to buy one for your home.