Most household tasks require the use of water. That doesn’t mean you need untreated, tap water for each task. There are different kinds of water you may use, which allow for the recycling of laundry or bath water. On the flip side, some tasks require something safer than tap water to minimize health concerns.
You’ll have a safer and more water-efficient household if you know how to use your resources wisely. Here are some reminders to help you determine what kind of water to use:
Cooking and Drinking
You can’t just go straight to the tap if you’re not sure of the quality of water. In some regions, tests have revealed the presence of E. coli in tap water, which poses a danger to the family’s health. A water purifier or water softer can be a handy solution to this, and in Park City, installers can hook them up to your tap so you will not have anything to worry about.
Should you choose to not go for a purifier, you’ll have to stock up on water that has been boiled for one minute. It’s a simple solution, but when you’re running late to work or coming home from a run, you’ll want your water clean, refreshing, and ready to drink.
During summer, water consumption skyrockets because of your bathing requirements. There is simply no excuse to stay covered in sweat when you have a shower ready with water to get you all cleaned up. It sounds simple and you can argue that it’s more a need than a want during hot months, but it’s not an excuse to be wasteful. What if there was a way to save water without letting go of your shower needs?
Here’s a tip you can use all year: Put buckets around you to collect some water while you’re using the shower. This can be good enough for manual toilet flushing. You can also use the water for cleaning the driveway.
Washing Dishes and Clothes
There’s simply no way to get the plates clean without using water. Don’t think this mundane task can’t allow for ways to conserve water. You can rinse the plates in a container filled with water, clean them thoroughly, and collect the water for irrigation and other uses. Even laundry water can also be used to care for your garden without using fresh resources. As long as you don’t use harsh detergents in your laundry, the water you collect will be good enough for watering indoor plants and outdoor trees.
Household chores use tap water and generate gray water you can reuse, but that’s not your only water conservation option. Even without doing anything, you can collect usable water from the rain. This water can be good enough for flushing and watering of plants. Rainwater may also be treated to make it safe for use in more tasks. However, that may need the help of a professional. Also, keep an eye on your rainwater tank to make sure it’s not overflowing anytime soon, as that may cause damage to property.
Freshwater is a resource that is quickly running out. Don’t wait until you have a widespread scarcity problem in your area before you try to use water more responsibly.