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Check out the following water-saving suggestions - all possible without any changes to family habits. If you can adopt some other water-saving practices, like turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, you’ll save even more.
Saving water isn’t only about having shorter showers or running the tap for a shorter time. Without thinking, our families will generally run the tap the same length of time, whether the water runs at 15 litres a minute or at 4. So, lowering the flow is the quickest solution, without changing habits.
In the bathroom or toilet, an easy option for mains pressure systems, is our German-made pressure compensating aerator that can quickly and easily be placed into the aerator housing of your existing bathroom tap to change the flow to a soft spray, at 3 litres per minute. Your system could now be delivering up to 20 litres per minute. If it takes 30 seconds to wash your hands, you could be saving more than 8 litres of water every time. If there are 10 hand washings in your family each day, that’s a saving of up to 31,000 litres per year, plus electricity savings as well.
NB: These devices are for mains pressure only. On a low pressure system, you could back-feed cold water into your hot water line.
Around 80% of a home’s hot water is used in showers. If you have good mains pressure, your mixed flow could be up to 20 litres per minute. A 10 minute shower would therefore use 200 litres of water. Reducing the flow to 10 litres per minute is still a good shower. So you could halve your water usage without reducing your time under the shower. A family of four, each still showering 10 minutes a day would save 400 litres of water a day (around $600 per year), plus the cost to heat that water, which could be another $600 per year, by simply installing an Aquatica 10-litre per minute pressure compensating washer into your handshower hose.
We don’t recommend reducing the flow in the kitchen, or over the bath, as this doesn’t usually save water – you’ll want to fill the jug or the bath until full, and the quicker the better.