Be Water-wise: Quick Tip to save water when flushing your toilet, or how the house brick can save the planet!

Common House BrickFurther to my post about the possible effects of La Nina I am pleased to see that we have indeed had an increase in rain fall. Whether this will be enough to get us to full capacity before the dry summer begins only time will tell.

Whatever happens to the dam levels we are still going to be in for a rough time with regards to water since demand is putting an increasing pressure on the water infrastructure. We are incredibly wasteful with our water usage, and the population of Cape Town is growing at an ever increasing rate. As a community we need to wise up and get ahead of this problem or else we are going to face the very real possibility of getting our water from stand pipes in the street or from water bowers, with our precious fresh water being heavily rationed.

I am working on a more involved post regarding water conservation, in conjunction with some experts, however in the meantime I thought I would start a series of ‘quick tips’.

Quick Tip #1-

Modern toilet cisterns use around 7-8 litres of water per flush, with pre-1993 models typically getting through 9-12 litres. This is far more than is actually necessary to flush a toilet fully and so one of the following products can be used to reduce the amount of water used per flush by 1-3 litres. A toilet flushes because of the pressure created from the water being quickly introduced into the bowl- the same amount of water slowly introduced would simply run through the u-bend, whilst a lesser amount of water quickly entering the system will create the ‘flush’.

Of course you could go out and replace your entire system with a fancy rainwater job, but a more immediate result can be achieved by placing a house brick in the cistern. This fills some of the volume available for water, thus reducing the water that is released with each flush!

A toilet can account for up to 30% of fresh water used in the house so reducing the amount it uses is essential for water conservation.

DO IT NOW!!!! And then start thinking about alternatives to the traditional plumbing you have.

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