It’s time to raise awareness, Mexico is among the countries with lower water availability worldwide so this is considered a valuable natural resource. Excite many activities where humans use this resource and one of them is what allows you to stay alive when ingested. It is extremely important to raise awareness of this need and responsibility in the management of this resource that some researchers rightly call it the “blue gold”. In this post I want to share with you some tips to reduce water consumption and expenditure in one of the places where we promote the culture of care to our family and future generations, our home.
1) Leaking water. Leaks are carefully because they often result in a house spending over 500 l per day and noiselessly. Invisible leaks and other that can be observed without any problem and is usually given by the constant dripping faucets, furniture and boards of bathroom and kitchen fittings either by their prolonged use or improper installation. Do the following exercise to make sure there are no leaks:
a) Leakage invisible. In the course of the test does not consume any water inside and outside making the house as lavatory faucets, sinks, garden, pools, etc..
Disconnect all devices use automatic appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, pool filters, etc..
Take an initial reading water meter observing the position of the arrows, you read the following to close the outlets and disconnect devices. Wait approximately 10 to 15 min. And look closely at the meter, any movement is an indicator that doeth leak somewhere in the house facilities. The meter usually has a flow indicator does get movement once water passes through the meter and that indicates a leak. You can also observe leakage through hand movement registration secondary hand resembles a common clock.
b) leakage visible. If you have identified where the leak is, depending on how delicate that results will require hiring the professional services of a plumber or otherwise you can do it yourself by following these recommendations:
If the leak is in the toilet, do not panic leakage is easier to solve. Usually current plug lets out the water tank to have more than 1 year have been installed. To check for leaks, pour the water storage tank a little food coloring (cake, drinks etc..) And waiting for 10-15 minutes, if you notice that the toilet bowl is colored, it indicates that there is a leak . It is very easy to make the change from a current cap of the tank, you can get it at any hardware at an affordable price. Repair toilets, leaky faucets or shower or change them by mixing systems. You’ll save an average of 170 liters of water a month.
2) toilet tanks. Enjoy your toilet is about to crumble of old and grab a new one, now you can find on the market several models of toilets that have new mechanisms that help reduce over 60% of spending in each download.
3) Flow tap: Review all existing faucets in your house, regulate the flow of running water is a simple way to save. Note that usually when we use water around the faucet opening out much more than they need while making activity.
We can achieve a 50% savings if you regulate fluid flow faucets in your home or place saving devices. There are different systems to regulate eg
a) Flow Switches: are introduced between the faucet and shower hose. Regulating the water jet if given a quarter turn to the device, thereby reducing the flow to a trickle. Thus, the temperature is not reduced while soaping or washing one’s head and not have to run the water to warm. In other cases, always keep in mind when you shower off the tap while soaping, you will save about 150 gallons each time. Prevents miss you stop running water while waiting for hot out collecting it in buckets and reusing.
b) Flow restrictor: Interspersed in pipes and limit the demand for water in a stipulated time.
4) Waste water. Usually in all families have water spendthrift. How many times have found taps open, children running after the dog to bathe with the tap open hose and wash your car using the hose jet mercilessly? Ten is that many water activities can optimize storage if you use buckets and a basin to pour.
a) To wash the dishes while Soap or brushing your teeth do not leave the tap running. I recommend you to store some water for rinsing dishes, fill a glass to rinse your mouth when you brush or just open the tap when you need it.
b) To complete cycles in washing machines and dishwashers do not use half load. With full loads saves 40% more water per wash.
c) Do not make frequent use of hot baths and pool if you have not to change the water frequently see a specialist about his maintenance to do it properly and water concerve long, another option is to hire their services.
d) Before disposing of any excess water activities such as washing the vegetables, some utensil or heat sterilize something bath, think reuse. You could water the plants with it.
e) Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks, patios and terraces.
f) When washing a car, fill a bucket with water and use a sponge. This can save about 300 liters of water.
5) Garden Care: To maintain the water garden definitely is the main actor, but does not mean flood water. Take into consideration the following tips:
a) Plants inside: It’s a waste water them too much and so often as they are kept in the shade and keep reserves to survive longer without water. You can do it 2 or 3 times a week. Place them in a cool and humid. The drought-resistant plants are not limited to cacti. There are many plants that require little water, colorful flowers offering attractive alternatives to traditional gardening interior decorating.
b) Plants outside: Practice organic gardening, plant shrubs and native plants, also are decorative and consume half the water than exotic species usually cultivated. Creates a microclimate humid environment or through the proximity of your plants. You can retard evaporation or arrearte covering the pot with pea gravel bed, gravel, pine bark trositos or clay. The effective time to water it is for any time of night or early morning, you will need less water.
c) Garden Irrigation Systems Outdoor: Automatic systems are highly recommended for saving water and are designed according to the type and size of the garden. For medium or large spaces with expanses of grass I recommend irrigation systems based on sprinklers and drips that have an installation of underground ducts, these are sparing in consumption of water and watering time, among others found the micro sprinkler systems, exudation tape, etc. Consult a physician about which system suits you according to the characteristics of your garden.
d) Irrigation methods: There are several methods of irrigation for garden care, the most common are:
“Hand watering” The hand watering delivers water directly to the plants, and eliminating waste. When watering by hand, be sure to water deeply. Remember this takes time. Inspect some areas to be sure that enough water has been delivered. Beware of good watering the garden or entire garden.
“Bead method” which involves placing plants beside containers of water into each container one end of a thick cotton cord soaked in water and the other end into each pot, sunk into the substrate. That will get water.
“Saucer method” consists simply put the pot on a plate or bowl with water for a while and once it has been absorbed by capillary is removed.
“Automatic drip irrigation” very good system for pots and planters, especially if you be away. Place 1 dropper in small pots and 2 in large planters.
6) Deposits rainwater collection: All activities can be part of a project to save water, this can become sustainable consumption through efficient in each activity. We have a resource available that can be an important contribution of water “Rain”. The provision of a tank rainwater collection will allow a high water savings.
A roof of an average house can bring us considerable water reserves. is said to be a shower of 10 liters / m2, ensures collecting 900 liters of water. The underground tanks allow good water conservation, because they are protected from the impact of the sun and high summer temperatures. This water may be intended for secondary activities of your daily life.
You’ll be surprised to change your habits, consumption accounts considerably reduced, feel welcome to promote a culture in your children care resources at their disposal but especially not a bill will pay high to the environment.