Creative Water Recycling Ideas

Published: 30th March 2010
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With many states in the US facing serious water shortages, ideas are being considered for creative ways to reuse or recycle the water already available. California, Florida, and Texas are three states currently considering recycling sewage water as a way to increase their water supply. Here are some creative and practical ideas to make the most of the water available to you.

"Gray water" or water that has been used for one purpose already can be used safely for additional functions such as watering the lawn, plants, or flushing toilets. The problem with reusing gray water is the additional cost necessary to add plumbing to existing houses. This just means that creativity plays a large part in conserving gray water.

One inventor claims his idea came from Japan. There, he says, "the tank for the toilet holds the water. Instead of having a sink on the other side of the bathroom, they have a sink right above the toilet. The water that you use to wash your hands goes into filling the tank of the toilet, which is used for the next flush." I'm not exactly sure how you stand at the sink with the toilet bowl in the way, but I can appreciate the simplicity of his plan.

Many people have suggested or implemented plans to save bath and shower water for other uses, such as flushing toilets or watering their lawn. For example, blogger Carol explained, "After each bath or shower, we used a garden hose to siphon the water out the bathroom window and right onto the grass." She cautions that you must switch to low alkali soap if you intend to water plants with your gray water because normal soap can kill your vegetation. Bird baths can also be filled with gray water. Fountains that recycle their water are another great use for this category of aqua. If you have window mounted air conditioning units, a bucket placed under the drip spout will collect enough water for indoor or outdoor plant life.

For small scale use, gray water seems to be an excellent solution to saving water. "For example - what if whatever water that drains from the bathtub or shower in a particular bathroom is used to flush the toilet in that same bathroom? Would it be so hard to set-up a system for that?" wonders an anonymous inventor. Even if only a couple gallons a day could be saved through gray water use, it would add up quickly to a more abundant water supply for your locality.

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