DIY - how we save 2000 litres of water per year

in #diy6 months ago

Hi Hive DIY and gardening enthusiasts! Here's another simple DIY project from Ligaya Garden.

This one is about a simple way to save thousands of litres of water over a year,

Lets' have a look!

We all know that water our most precious resource and one that shouldn’t be thrown away lightly.

Some of us are still in mains water, so here’s a way to save quite a bit of that precious and increasingly expensive resource. The idea works for those on tank and bore water too. It's good for the environment and good for your wallet too!


All it takes is a litre bottle!


Here’s how we save a almost 2000 litres a year -

The idea is simple. A 1 litre bottle of water placed in the cistern of a toilet will displace 1 litre of cistern water. That keeps the float valve always just a little bit higher, causing less water to flow into the cistern. I’m assuming you already have the float valve adjusted to the minimum.

The pic above shows how easy it is. Just fill a bottle with water. pop the cistern lid, slide in the bottle where it won’t catch on anything like the float and pop the lid back on.

The next time you flush, you will be using a litre less water.

So… just how much will it save (the number of flushes is just an estimate on use)?

Let's say you have 5 flushes a day. That's 5 litres a day saved 365 times over a year.

5 x 365 = 1825 litres

To show you how much that is, the average IBC (those big square white containers that folks reuse for rainwater) in Australia is 1000 litres. That's almost 2 X IBCs of water that you're saving.

1000 litres is 1 cubic metre, so you’re saving nearly 2 cubic metres of water a year.

1 cubic metre of water weighs 1 tonne…

You get the idea - however you play around with the figures, this idea is a winner and all for the cost of a free bottle!

Just a note though,a regular toilet still needs a certain amount of water to flush your wastes away properly, so don't go too big on the bottle!




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Actually keeping a old toilet costs you 10.000s of water. The brick basically makes you flush less water than the engineer calculated as optimal

It does. I like to tell folks about the 1 litre bottle because it makes the math easier for them.

Do you do this on a dual flush toilet?

@tipu curate

yes

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