As we talked about in our last post, conserving water is so important. But lets be honest, we do use water so today we’re listing a few ways you can recycle water and help save the environment and also preserve our water stores.
Install a rain barrel. Rain water can be collected in barrels and boiled for drinking. The water can also be used to clean the house, sinks, toilets and dishes. And pretty much anything else you need to use water for!
Reuse water that hasn’t been drunk! I don’t know about you but we often have half empty water bottles or cups of water that haven’t been drunk. There’s nothing wrong with this water. It can – and should – be reused. If you’re feeling a little precious about it, stick it in the kettle. Boiled water is safe to drink. Or water the plants. You could even make a drip irrigation system with any plastic bottles.
Save the cooking water. Pasta water or water used to clean veggies can be resused – you could water your plants but pasta water is great to use as a cooking aid. For example, loosen thick pasta sauce with the water or you can use the water as broth in soups. Of course vegetable water can be used for gravy and soup stocks too.
Get in to greywater recycling. Greywater is the wastewater from baths, showers, washing machines, dishwashers and sinks, which typically makes up between 50-80% of a household’s waste water. When recycled properly, greywater can save approximately 70 litres of potable water per person per day in domestic households! Have a read of the Greenage to find out more.
How are you conserving and recycling water?