We here at Your Plumber Orem realize that living in a desert can be hard, especially when it comes to having enough water to go around. This article was put together for those conservation-minded homeowners. Below we have listed many different types of fixtures that can be installed in a bathroom, whether commercial or residential, to help save water. Some of them can be installed without a remodel, and some cannot. Whatever you’re looking for, we hope you find some good ideas in this article.
How about a Greywater system?
This first idea would require a remodel of at least some of the plumbing. A “greywater” system is basically plumbing that takes water that has been used but is still good (like from your bathroom sink), and re-uses it somewhere else. A common example of this is taking the water from the sink and piping it so that it fills the tank of the toilet, which is then used to refill and flush that toilet. A really good sink-toilet greywater system has a filter in between the two to make sure nothing that could hurt the toilet would come through from the sink drain. There are all different levels of greywater systems, ones that connect to the entire house and ones that just go from sink to toilet. Some people even have their sinks and showers hooked up to greywater systems that water their lawn and/or garden. Of course, greywater systems aren’t for everyone, but they are a good way to make sure none of that water is wasted.
Sinks and their faucets
There are a ton of options out there to help save water in the sink. Everything from adding air to the flow of water, to using a meter to show how much water is being used. The aerator, for example, is a small piece of equipment that attaches to most faucets. When water is running through the faucet, the aerator adds air to the water, so you are using less water but still have the same wide spread of water being covered. Some faucets are made to save water by only letting a certain amount of water out at a time. One such faucet is the faucet which the company 1Limit makes. This faucet has a glass tube at the back which can only hold 1 liter of water. When the faucet is turned on, it will only use the water in the tube. When it is off, the tube will refill. A simple system, easy to operate.
Another option for faucets is the typical ‘sensor’ faucet. These faucets are mostly found in public restrooms, but are still a good option for anyone looking to save water at the sink. They also cut down on the need to clean the faucet, since they don’t usually get touched often. A close sibling to the sensor faucet is the timed faucet, or smart shut-off faucet. These faucets come in a variety of styles, but essential they set a limit for how long the faucet will run at one time. An example of this is the ‘push button’ faucet. A person just pushes the button on top of the faucet to start the water flowing. Over a short amount of time the button gradually returns to being fully up, and the water shuts off.
Water meters come in a wide variety of styles as well. They range from pieces of equipment that tell you how much water you’ve used to things that measure how much you’ve used and then shut off at a designated amount. The simplest water meters are ones that attach to a source of water and has a front screen that tells how much water has been used at one time. Usually these are used in the shower, connected to the showerhead and water line. Some water meters are built right into the fixture itself. For example there are faucets and showerheads that have a little area that lights up when water is running. Usually they start at a certain symbol or color, for example green, and then change as more water is used. The color-changing meter that we saw went from green to yellow to red. The idea being it doesn’t stop a person from using the water, but does encourage one to use less water.
Solutions for the Shower
A lot of water is used in the tub and shower, that is a given. However, there are some things that your plumber can install to help use less water. Much like Faucets, sensor and timed-showerheads are available both commercially and for residential use. They do the exact same thing as the faucets, excepting the area of spray is usually larger.
Although most shower heads are regular, you can also get ‘low-flow’ showerheads. Much like a faucet with an aerator on it, a low-flow showerhead adds air to the amount of water released so that the wide area hit by the water is not sacrificed for a smaller area, even though there is less water coming through at one time.
If you or someone you know has found another fixture that helps save water in the bathroom, please let us know about it in the comments. Your Plumber likes to keep up with all the options for our residential and commercial customers, so we’d love to hear from you! If you want help installing one of these options, or have questions on what is available in your area, go ahead and contact Your Plumber Orem.