Recycling water at home

drinking water recyclingEach day, Americans waste 33 percent of their drinking water because of inefficiency and misuse, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Much of the water used for flushing toilets and watering the lawn doesn’t need to be drinkable. Scientists at the University of Georgia describe how water is classified into three categories: clean, gray and black. Water that is not sewer contaminated qualifies as gray water and is safe to reuse. Sources include sink, bath and laundry water. Black water contains sewage, such as used toilet water or a load of cloth diapers. Because of contamination, black water is unsafe to recycle in the home. Recycling water in your home requires a commitment and some basic equipment adjustments.

For example, collect rain water. Cut a hole through the top of a standard barrel and place it directly under the gutter drain outside of your house. Fit the drain tightly inside the hole to prevent debris and animals from falling into the barrel. During a rainstorm, the water will run down the gutter and into the barrel. Use the collected water to irrigate shrubs, bushes and flowers.

Purchase a laundry drum and attach it to the outgoing hose of your washing machine. Normally, during the spin cycle, water is pumped through a hose and into a nearby sink or drain. A laundry drum collects this used water and stores it in a container. Use the collected water to irrigate your lawn or indoor plants.

Drinking Water Fountains US advocates sensible and considerate water usage, not just of drinking water but of all water, in order to look after our environment.



Kayleigh Clerkin is a part-time journalist who writes articles for Drinking Waters UK - one of the UK's largest suppliers of drinking water products including water fountains, water coolers, water filters, distilled water and spring water.

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