12 Initiatives To Save Water

The importance of water in life is known to everyone and we all understand the need for its conservation. It is the need of the hour to stand together and join hands in its conservation. Along with simple habits of saving it, we can also opt for smarter solutions like rainwater harvesting, greywater management system and convert our homes into zero water buildings, which are environment-friendly and water efficient.

Some Temporary Solutions To Change Habits
Let us see what we can change in our habits to save it :

Check the leaks

Leaks in the toilets

Keep a check on the faulty leaks from flush, faucets and pipes. Imagine even if the leak is merely a drip, you can fill a bucket in three hours, eight buckets in a day and 240 buckets in a month.

Use it wisely

Use Water Wisely While brushing

Simply keep the tap off  while brushing or washing your face or hands. You can turn it on when the cleaning is done and you actually need to use the water.

Washing clothes
We can opt to wash a full load in washing machines rather than few clothes at a time. Even if you opt to wash clothes with your hands, hold water in the bucket and turn the tap off when the bucket is full.

Flush only what is meant to be there

Flushing

We usually treat the flush as a replacement of the trashcan. Insects, hair, papers are flushed in it off and on. This not only wastes water but can also choke the drain, which will make you incur extra time and cost in repair.

Reduce shower spanShower

Everyone loves to wash all the tiredness under the shower. A long shower with temperature controlled water is all that we need. You may choose to lower shower heads along with the time in the shower in a step towards reducing water wastage.

Outdoor wastage
The wastage should be controlled even outside the house. You may be guessing that there is no place where we are using water outside but rethink.

 Washing carWhile washing car

Prefer washing cars with a bucket rather than running splash. You may even use laundry water to wash your car.

Pavement wash:
A shining pavement at the entrance gives great impressions to the visitors, but you actually do not need to wash it regularly rather, try mopping the pavement and use laundry or mopping water for the same.

Check the sprinklers and pipes:

Keep a check on the sprinklers and pipes to avoid leak and sprinkler directions to ensure that it is watering the garden and not the road or pavement. Also do not use sprinklers working for long. This will damage the plants. Prefer using drip irrigation method.

Watering the plants:
Do not over water the plants. This will not only ruin them but also accounts for wastage. You can also recycle water from kitchens and laundry, rich in nutrients, for the garden.

Permanent Solution or Smarter Option Rainwater harvesting with
wastewater management:
There is another smart and permanent solution to rectify the problem of wastage due to our non-changeable habit. We can convert our homes into Zero Water Building (a building that doesn’t take any drop of water from municipal corporation neither discharge any), which simply closes the loop to save water completely.

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3 ways you can reutilize grey water at home

Types Of Water

Types Of Water

Typically speaking, we can see three types of water at our places. Fresh water or tap water is good water that can be used for drinking. The fresh water when utilized can be categorized into two types. The used water after washing dishes, laundering, or bathing is called grey water. Any other water that is discharged from toilet wastes or kitchen is known as the black water. The grey water usually contains soap, oil, food particles, dirt, hair etc. but it can be reutilized after removal of the same. This has twofold benefits. First, it reduces the demand for fresh water required in a household for non-potable activities, and second, it minimizes the amount of wastewater entering the sewer, drains or septic systems.

Uses of grey water

This water can be used in many ways in homes or commercial building. Usually, commercial buildings may not generate grey water from the shower but sink water can be utilized further.

Indoor use:

 

Indoor Use Of Grey Water

Indoor Use Of Grey Water

It can be the best option for apartments or houses where the water consumption is high for non-potable activities. The water generated from the bathroom sink or the water wasted while warming the shower or bathing is not too dirty and can be reutilized. It can be collected in a bucket and can be used to flush the toilet instead of using the flush tank. A little change in the fittings of the bathrooms can help achieve the same and save the cumbersome activity of using the bucket. For example, the bathroom sink can be connected with the flush tank to collect the water in the flush tank every time the sink is used.

Laundry to landscape:

Grey water from laundry

Grey water from laundry

Another simpler way to reutilize it is using the laundry water to water the plants.  The water generated after laundry, provided you are not using chlorine, bleach or other harsh chemicals to wash clothes, can be collected in a bucket to replenish the water needs of the garden plants or even the plants on your balcony. The washing machine hose can be connected to a pipe that ends directly in the garden to send the laundry water to the garden every time the laundry is done. In case, you do not have gardens, the water can be collected to water the plants on the balcony or the terrace. If chemicals are used for washing, then this needs to be treated to remove the same so that it may not harm the plants.

Grey water generated from the bath tub:

Grey water from bathtub

Grey water from bathtub

Love taking a bath in the bathtub and ready to reuse the water, then that is the best place to start with. We usually need a good quantity of water for such activities which can be utilized further. This may require some changes in plumbing. The bath tub and the water drain that carries the shower water, are connected to the pipe that carries the water to the tank set up in the garden, to collect the water and reuse it to water the plants. Grey water stored in the tanks needs to be treated to remove the chemicals or soap from the water for further use.

These simple and smart methods of re-utilizing the water can help us combat water crisis in an economical manner.

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What is a Sustainable Green Building?

sustainable-green-building

Sustainable Green Building is a concept that has gained popularity at a global level in the past few years. This is due to the fact that for a green building, starting from its construction it is ensured that waste is minimised at every level. The materials used are not only of superior quality but also eco-friendly. According to the experts, this not only minimises our carbon footprint but also results in lower costs in the long run. Hence, we can say that a green building is constructed in such a way that they reduce their overall impact on natural environment and as a result on the human health by:

1. Using the energy, water and other resources judiciously and efficiently.
2. Protecting the environment and improving human health conditions.
3. Effectively minimizing the waste production, pollution and environment deterioration. 4. Using natural resources like natural light wherever possible to effectively manage the use of energy.

In order to achieve the minimum energy consumption level, following features are incorporated in a green building which makes them earth friendly: 

1) The walls are designed to keep out the moisture and humidity in the outside air which makes the building naturally cooler. This reduces the use of air conditioners.

2) Low Solar Gain. Solar gain is the increase in temperature resulted from the solar radiation. With low solar gains, the building remains much cooler which again reduces the need for air-conditioners.

3) Using water efficient faucets ensures that less amount of water is utilised to perform the same function as compared to their traditional counterparts.

4) Rainwater Harvesting systems are installed to catch the natural rain water to  cater to the building’s water needs.

5) Wastewater treatment plants for minimising the waste water expulsion from the building and effective water management with water recycling.

6) Installing hydroponics system to increase the green belt while reusing the water through utilising treated greywater.

7) Creating waste management plants on the site such as compost pits to utilise the building’s biodegradable waste for fertilizers.

8) Installing clean energy sources such as solar panels, solar water heaters etc for electrification.

The green building concept has a vast benefit cover can be effectively employed for various sites, some of which are: 

1. Residential buildings
2. Office Complexes
3. Institutional buildings such as schools, colleges etc
4. Retail buildings
5. Hotels
6. Hospitals
7. Government Buildings

The concept of green building, however new, aims at using natural building materials during  not only construction, but also adopts other methods, such as rainwater harvesting for its water needs, solar energy for the electrification, waste management, etc. Hence making the making green building self sufficient when it comes to the energy requirement. The efficient usage of natural resources and their further recycling, ensures sustainability in the long run.

Knorr Campaign Asks Consumers to ‘Eat’ Less Water

Knorr Campaign Asks Consumers to eat Less Water

Knorr claims that addressing water waste is therefore “more important than ever,” and launched its new campaign during World Water Week in partnership with the Water Footprint Network (WFN).

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Why maintaining Sewage Treatment Plants in condominium is difficult?

Maintaining Sewage Treatment Plants In Condominium

Sewage Treatment Plants seem like the answer to many water related concerns today. They help us re-utilise and manage water supply efficiently. But this system also comes with its own set of challenges. Most of these challenges are faced after installation of these plants. Some of these challenges are:

1. Power Consumption

The greatest expense while running a Sewage Treatment Plant is the power consumption. It requires more and more power with increasing sewage volume. Also, to keep the process going and maintain the plant properly, there must be a constant supply of power. This makes it difficult for the condominium to manage. To ease the burden of this high consumption, solar panels can be installed along with the Sewage Treatment Plant so that it has its own power or less power consuming technologies can be used in the plant for various processes such as  membrane technology for the aeration process.

2. Staff

The staff required to effectively manage and maintain a Sewage Treatment Plant must be properly trained and certified for the same. They need to be on board 24/7 for the maintenance of the plant. This again becomes difficult as there are not much resources equipped with such certification and trainings. To overcome this issue, automation processes can be used in the treatment plant which cut down almost 30% of the running costs in long run but they too need operational supervision to run smoothly.

3. Sludge

Sludge is a thick viscous, mud like material produced during sewage treatment. Sludge may contain the toxic waste from the sewage treatment plant, and can be hazardous if not treated properly. Hence it becomes a delicate environmental challenge for wastewater treatment to safely dispose of excess sludge produced. The recycling of sludge which contains many useful organic matter and nutrients in agricultural applications is considered as the best solution.

4. Secondary Costs

Activated sludge treatment comes with its own various challenges, one of the major challenge being the resources required. Plants that treat activated sludge are not only costly to build but also costly to maintain. Primary and Secondary processes of sludge treatment requires vast tracts of land for large and costly settling tanks and aeration basins. To solve this issue, Advanced technologies using smaller process basins by increasing the amount of biomass per unit volume can be used.

These are just a few challenges in maintaining Sewage Treatment Plants. For any queries about STPs and how to manage them effectively, contact us on +(91)-8130999055 /+(91)-9810858062 or visit our website http://www.sanicon.in/

3 Common Plumbing Issues in the Bathroom.

Bathrooms are an integral part of homes, They serve lots of purposes, from the start of the day to the end. The fittings in the room must be properly maintained to keep them running and free from many issues. At times we tend to ignore minor issues until they become major ones and bring our life to grinding halt. In which case, you might need advice from plumbing repair service specialists like Saksham Plumbing. Here are some common plumbing issues found in our bathrooms.

Leaks and drips

Leaking faucets
Leaking faucets

A leaking pipe, a dripping faucet or a shower head, all call for prompt attention before they lead to serious problems other than water wastage. The leaking pipes can lead to water seeping into the walls providing perfect conditions for moulds to grow or the paints to come off or even worse, ruin the foundation. Dripping faucets lead to damaged gaskets or washers.

Issues with the toilet:

Leaks in the toilets

Leaks in the toilets

Other than the above, there are certain issues that may crop up with the toilet. At times you may notice that there is always a pool of water around the toilet. This may be due to the lip seal connector getting damaged or getting displaced from its original position. Even minor leaks in the bowl or faulty toilet seat of pipes can be the cause of water leakage.

The other problem you may encounter is the water leaking in the toilet bowl. This may be due to a faulty flapper in the flush tank. Or the worst can be blocked toilets that we never wish to face. This may be due to dumping of lots of stuff, treating it as a trash can. If you ever notice a slow water flow in the bowl get it repaired before you face this blunder.

Water pressure:

The water flow from the shower heads and taps must be consistent. The low pressure not only challenges our patience but also acts as an alarm that something is blocking the flow. Most of the time it happens due to high lime content in your water or due to solid particles. Unclog your shower heads and faucets periodically, depending on water quality the period may vary.

No matter the issue, seemingly minor or negligible, it must be addressed timely to save guard against future blunders or disasters that may crop up at any unwanted time.

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How good are sustainable homes for owners and nature.

Benefits Of Sustainable Homes

Benefits Of Sustainable Homes

A sustainable home is the one that is simple on both the environment and the pocket. A “green” or “sustainable” home is not only natural and environment-friendly but also durable and healthy. They may look similar to regular homes from outside but has a lot more difference in their construction and functioning. While they are nature-friendly, they offer numerous benefits to the home owners as well. It can also be an investment and end up saving you money in the long run.

Benefit to nature:

The sustainable or green homes are build up using fewer natural resources in the construction of a green home. Numerous green building materials are made of a lot of reused substance which leaves less destructive impact in the earth. The use of less polluting materials and minimum landfills minimizes the waste and saves the land.

The green homes make use of renewable energy like solar energy for meeting its demand for power supply. The use of solar panels, solar heaters, energy star rated appliances leads to minimum carbon emission and saving of fuel.

Also, efficient plumbing and bathing fixtures, waste water management, drought-tolerant landscaping, rainwater harvesting and water-conserving irrigation systems helps in minimum use of fresh water as compared to standard homes.

Benefits to the owners:

The green homes are cost effective. The high-quality building material and advanced construction methods leads to reduction in monthly maintenance costs. The use of energy saving appliances, natural solar panels and solar heaters low flow fixtures and water saving techniques minimizes the burden on the utility bill without compromising on the luxury of the home owners.

These offer a higher resale value as compared to the standard homes while it gives a natural and healthy environment to the residents

The use of Toxin-free building materials, paints and other products will give healthy and pure environment and fight air pollution. The natural ventilation mechanism channelize and bring natural air inside and vent stale air outside to keep germs and moisture away that cause respiratory diseases linked with molds and stale air.

A sustainable home is intended to fit the residents’ necessities and adjust to their evolving prerequisites. The green homes of today are smart, perfectly completed, perpetually with warm and light spaces for living – and by and large they look simply like a standard house with added benefits.