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Saving water saves: Part 3 – From the fringe

Self-Contained Composting Toilet

Okay, so some practical, some life altering and some downright obvious ideas have been mentioned in the previous two parts of this series. This last installment is reserved for the weird ideas that work but are much less mainstream. Use these ideas cautiously, they may not be for everyone.

Replacing an aged toilet with a new low-flow model can be pricy. Sure, it will pay for itself in the long run but after how long? Why not start saving for it ahead of time, little by little. You can take a 500 mL bottle but a few small rocks in it (for weight) then fill it with water and drop it into your toilet tank reservoir. The water level will be displaced and use 500 mL less water with every flush.

Low flow is good, no flow is even better. Composting toilets don’t take water at all. This is an interesting idea which our society has gone away from since the advent of public water systems. Societies have survived and thrived for eons without flushable toilets. These toilets not only don’t use water but the by-product can be used to help any organic projects you may have. Even better, you could even find a farm, greenhouse and/or nursery to sell the resulting compost to. You could save money and possibly even make some back!

Water is wasted many ways every day. Especially while we wait for sink water to warm up so we can use hot water to wash dishes or allowing the water for a bath warm up prior to plugging the tub. That is a waste of several gallons of water almost every day of not every day. Jerry Peek’s website suggests that water can be saved and utilized for many different things. Some of them include watering plants, soaking dishes for the next time you need to wash them, filling a pot to boil a meal or making coffee.

When done with meals, many members of the family have to get the additional food off the plates prior to washing them. The waste of food notwithstanding, rinsing plates is a big waste of water that simply goes down the drain. There are many ways to save that water or not use it at all. You can scrape the plates directly into the garbage using a plastic or rubber spatula or just put them directly into the dishwasher. Most newer model dishwashers are efficient and powerful so you don’t need to pre-rinse your dishes. Water Use It Wisely has several more tips that you may wish to review.

If you have any tips that might help others feel free to comment. No idea is too strange, and everyone can help each other

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