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How to Use a Hose and Save Water

It is no coincidence that, during period of drought or other water shortages, hosepipe bans are usually the first thing put in place. However, such is the critical level of water availability around the world that you should be conscious of water usage every time you use your hosepipe anyway.  Here are some ideas that will help you use your hose and save as much water as possible.

Change Your Hose

One easy step to take is to buy a hose manufactured with water saving in mind.  We’ve all seen the neighbours with hosepipes that the local fire crew would find useful (we might have owned them ourselves, too), which look like they could fill a lake in a short space of time. Of course, you know you don’t really need it, so buy a modern hose manufactured with water savings in mind.

Buy a Hose Nozzle

You might not even need to replace the whole thing.  Take your hose along to the local DIY store or garden centre and you’ll likely find a wide range of hose nozzles that can reduce your usage.  While the products are different to what you’d see inside the home, the principle behind them is the same.  You can get low flow hose nozzles, aerating hose nozzles, and various other products that aim to cut your water usage dramatically. Your biggest challenge will be getting out of the thinking that you’re using less water, so need to spend double the time using the hose.  Clearly, this is counterproductive, and plants almost never need the excessive levels of water we provide for them anyway.

Change the Way You Hose

It is easy to get lost in the fun of using a hosepipe, which is why we regularly see people indiscriminately watering their whole garden without taking any care over where the water is actually going. The easiest way to save water and money on your bill is to take some care in what you’re doing.  Water the base of your plants, where they will soak up water, rather than covering your entire flowerbed or vegetable patch.  If you have a lawn, then you will need to use a water saving nozzle or even consider a sprinkler to reduce your water usage.

Stop Doing it Where Possible

Don’t use the hosepipe if you don’t need to.  One alternative is to collect rainwater in a water butt and then use a watering can.  Another option might be to look for plants that require little to water to survive; you can get bright and colourful plants that fit this category; you won’t need to have a garden of cacti! With water levels critical around the world, taking action around the biggest areas of water use in the home is more important than ever.  Think about what you can do to save water every time you use your hosepipe.

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How to Prevent Burst Pipes to Save Water

Sometimes, things will go wrong in our home.  We accept that, which is why we take the time to find a good home insurance deal, as well as ensure any workers coming into our homes are reputable, which minimises the risk or preventable problems. Many of us see burst pipes as a problem that just happens, usually because of cold winter conditions causing water to freeze inside the pipes, or causing the pipes themselves to freeze and crack.  Of course, the big issue with burst pipes isn’t just replacing the breakage, but also repairing any damage that consequently occurred to our own, or neighbours’, property.

However, you don’t have to be a hostage to fortune, and wait around nervously for pipes to burst.  Here are some examples of positive action you can take to stop burst pipes occurring.

Turn it off

We’re not just talking about making sure you turn off taps fully.  You can actually turn the water supply off completely when you’re not using it.  This will prevent water sitting dormant in pipes, and save you money on leaks, too. If you do have a leak, however, you need to fix the problem; simply shutting down the water supply isn’t a solution to that issue!

Warm Up Your Pipes

If your burst pipe fears are based on the weather, then take action to keep them warm.  Some modern homes will already have their water pipes insulated when they’re built.  If you live in an older building or another property where your pipes aren’t protected, putting measures in place is easy.

Using foam or fibreglass around pipes is the most common measure, but you can also buy heat tape to wrap around them.  The obvious way to keep pipes warm is to have the heating switched on more regularly, but you’ll need to balance out your increased energy bill and carbon footprint against your desire to do this.

Check Pipes Manually

The biggest thing to check here is your pipe connections.  A loose or damaged washer might not be too noticeable, but can have catastrophic consequences, especially if there’s already a small leak you haven’t noticed yet.Be sure to check pipes and vulnerable areas such as washers and connections by hand; a leak might not be immediately visible, but you’ll always be able to feel if somewhere is, or might previously have been, wet.

Time to Act

Act now, so you have measures in place to prevent burst pipes from happening, irrespective of the time of year and weather conditions.  Better to spend the time, and perhaps the money, now, rather than paying to fix half a damaged wall later!

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How to Conserve Water and Use it effectively

Water conservation has always been an important initiative, but today it is a bigger piece of the global environmental agenda than ever before.  We can conserve water both at home and at work in both the actions we take and the products and devices we can use to help us do so.

Here are some of the ideas and initiatives that will help you to reduce your water consumption and be more effective with your use.

Low Flushing Toilets

Modern toilets are fitted with ‘half flush’ mechanisms and are manufactured with water savings in mind.  If you live in an older property with old fittings, including the toilet, then it is worth considering buying a new one, as the water savings you will enjoy are significant.

A great alternative to a low flushing toilet is to use water displacement techniques.  Your water company will often be able to send you a cistern device to reduce water flow, while you can always fill a bottle with water and/or stones yourself and make your own device for cutting toilet flush water consumption by as much as 30%.

Low Flow Showerheads

Many people think about low flow showerheads and mistakenly believe they’re going to have a worse showering experience as a result.  However, these products work by combining water and air to maintain pressure and ensure you enjoy a great shower while reducing water consumption by up to 60%.

An alternative product is a shower flow controller, which does the same job but uses your existing showerhead.  Neither of these products is suitable for electric showers, as they are already manufactured for low water flow.

Faucet Aerators

These fit onto your taps and reduce your water consumption by as much as 50%, although you should be mindful the way you use your taps to enjoy the greatest possible water and bill savings.  For example, you should still avoid cleaning dishes or brushing your teeth while leaving the water running, as well as using running water for cleaning vegetables or other foods.

Water Recycling

‘Grey water’ – water that you have used for cleaning vegetables in a bowl, washing dishes in a tub, or that has come out of emptying the tumble dryer, can be recycled and used in your garden.  Plants and your lawn aren’t too concerned with whether water is a little dirty, so reuse your grey water to keep your garden growing and reduce your water consumption from the supply.

Water Butts

Another great way to minimise the volume of water you take from the tap if you’re a keen gardener is to use water butts.  These collect rainwater and allow you to have a constant resource from which to water your garden; perfect in locations that have wet winters followed by hot, dry summers with little rain.  A water butt can help you be unaffected by a hosepipe ban and keep your garden fresh and colourful throughout the year.  In some countries, you can even enjoy a reduction to your water bill owing to the reduced ‘run off’ from your property.

Conserve and use water effectively at all times; the small differences and savings you make on a day to day basis will add up to a large overall volume and significantly reduced bills.

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Worldwide problematic of water

Today the water issue causes debates between the diverse institutions of scientists, politicians and technical experts who are interested in the provision of drinking water in the future.

The necessity to reach a balanced hydraulic level which secures sufficient water supplies of the population will be achieved by a good organized basis. The handling or consumption of this natural and valuable resource will help to protect the environment.

It is recommended to accomplish little tasks by which you can help to save water.

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Examples are:

– Do not water your garden during longer periods of higher heat because it will simply vaporize.

– Make sure to use a fully loaded dishwasher and load it optimally according to the dishwasher´s manual.

– Using economical devices are essential for the use of water. Take a shower with flow restrictors and swivel sprayers.

– Make sure to have turned off the water tap while having your teeth brushed or your beard shaved.

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Public Water Supply in Germany

Almost every resident of Germany, is connected to public water supply –  luxury circumstances that are rarely noticed anymore…

It is striking that the price for drinking- and waste water has increased over the last fifteen years by almost half. During this period, in Germany the average bill rose from 115 € to 171 € per  year per household member. A family of four pays accordingly to that between 260 and almost 2000 €/year. Yet, the water consumption has declined eight liters a day (per person) over  the past fifteen years due to the high water prices and growing environmental consciousness.

Nevertheless, the germans still use about 125 liters of drinking water per day, of which we consume:

32%  for toilet flushing
30% for bathing and showering
14% for laundry
6% for cleaning (face, hands and teeth)
6% for washing dishes
4% to water for garden plants
3% for household cleaning
2% for car washing

Help us to save precious water! With an water saving aerator, you can reduce  water consumption and costs by 50%!  A savings aerator reduces the water flow – by the adding air to the jet the beam still  feels thick and soft. These aerators resist limescale and work for very long time.

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Save the enviroment – save on water and energy

Almost every resident of Germany, is connected to public water supply –  luxury circumstances that are rarely noticed anymore…

It is striking that the price for drinking- and waste water has increased over the last fifteen years by almost half. During this period, in Germany the average bill rose from 115 € to 171 € per  year per household member. A family of four pays accordingly to that between 260 and almost 2000 €/year. Yet, the water consumption has declined eight liters a day (per person) over  the past fifteen years due to the high water prices and growing environmental consciousness.

Nevertheless, the germans still use about 125 liters of drinking water per day, of which we consume:

32%  for toilet flushing
30% for bathing and showering
14% for laundry
6% for cleaning (face, hands and teeth)
6% for washing dishes
4% to water for garden plants
3% for household cleaning
2% for car washing

Help us to save precious water! With an water saving aerator, you can reduce  water consumption and costs by 50%!  A savings aerator reduces the water flow – by the adding air to the jet the beam still  feels thick and soft. These aerators resist limescale and work for very long time.

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Faucet aerator

You can save up to 50% water from showering and washing your hands with a small part on the end of the tap!
A tiny nozzle ensures that the amount of water coming through the pipes – regardless of water pressure-  remains constant. Current models use  6-12 l of water per minute for the shower or faucet.  That is half of the usual amount and it also saves energy!

Flow restrictors are so efficient that the city of Basel (Switzerland), gave them away to its  20,000 residents for free.
These were their thoughts: A family of four saves up to 47 500 liters of water and 1950 kWh of energy per year. The entire city is saving bone billion liters of drinking water and 40 million kWh of energy per year by using flow reducers

The water saving faucet aerators mix tap water with air, so that the jet retains its full capacity with a reduced amount of water. You don´t need to sacrifice comfort- on the contrary, many users find this jet even more pleasant, because the air makes it softer.

Anybody can easily install a flow reducer by himself. You only need a wrench to loosen the connection or the shower hose from the tap.

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Water

Water is one of the most important and essential goods for the development of some life forms. The reason can be found in its basic form. Thus, we need to protect water and use it carefully.

While in some defined areas of our planet millions of people die of the lack water during the droughts, the availability of water in the western world is barley appreciated. Due to the financial crisis and the struggle against climatic changes, which we are experiencing at present, we know now how to save water. It will not only allow us to save some Euro but we also will learn to protect our environment.

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The basic water- saving advices as a concrete overview are:

1. Close the water tap while having your teeth brushed or your beard shaved. Also, close, if possible, the water tap while doing the dishes or washing yourself or try to close slightly the main water tap.

2. Installing swivel sprayers is the quickest, best-saving and easiest way of saving water and energy. It will save up to 50% of the water consumption. Furthermore, it is simultaneously less energy required. If you spend a little heated water, the consumption of energy will be automatically lesser, too.

This standardized swivel sprayer is useful for all brands of fittings. Usually, it is installed in kitchen fittings and bidets. The inside of swivel sprayers is resistant to corrosion and extends the life of water saving products.

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New technologies to save water

1. The reuse of the grey water

Over and over again, there is other information about how water can be reprocessed. This is the case of separate water conducts, for example, in order to accumulate the grey water which comes out of the shower and the sink. This water is caught in depots and undergoes a biological cleaning process. After that, it is available for the use in wc-cisterns, the garden watering or cleaning. By making use of this method, it can be saved astonishing 30-60% of the water consumption.

2. Water taps

There have been new technologies developed which are efficient in terms of saving water and water ecology:

Water taps which control the quantity of water: They limit the major flow of water. They are recommendable for public places. Their rate of saving water is 50%.

Water taps with a Push-Button: They are turned on by a button and they are turned off automatically after a certain time. Usually, an individual set up of the time interval is possible.

Water taps equipped with infrared sensors: They have an infrared function which is activated through close hand movements. Water will start running if hands are underneath the water tap, it will stop if hands are far from the water tap. The set up is done electronically. The rate of saving water is possible up to 80%.

3. Water saving devices

Devices which can be installed onto water taps or cisterns. Their costs are low and they have a high benefit considering the water economy. Besides, they are very easy to install.

4. Swivel sprayer

That is a device which mingles water with air. Water drops come out like pearls. It is proven that the rate of water savings is up to 40%.

5. Water saving shower heads or flow restrictors

These devices decrease the water quantity depending on the pressure. The rate of water savings is up to 60%.

6. Shower´s on-off switch for water quantity

Devices which interrupt the flow of water in the shower. These devices allow the person to soap himself without a non-stop running shower and continuous showering at a temperature set beforehand. Water savings are up to 40%.

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Fresh water, thanks to “Paul”

More important then saving water: having fresh drinking water

The new water treatment plant weighs about 20 kg and risers. It is portable and can be worn well on the back. The water backpack PAUL (Portable Unit for Aqua Life Saving) is currently being tested in Indonesia and Haiti by “Terres des Hommes”.

The portable water purifier shall be used in developing countries and crisis areas with no possibilies of water saving. It can be used without power and great technical effort and recycles waste water up to 1200 liters a day. This quantity is sufficient for approximately 500 people.

Existing drinking water treatment plants need lots of energy and staff and also chemicals. Thus it often takes a very long time before they can really be put into operation.
PAUL easily work against it: It is equipped with a special filter membrane, which largely holds back viruses, bacteria and particles and lets  only the water through.
Izt is very simple to operate – there are 4 attached image descriptions meet on the backpack to explain the application.

Other advantages of the system are  the robust and mechanically simple design and the possible rapid transport. The backpacks can be stored ready to use and are therefore transported within a few hours into the mission area. This way you can get water to the people in a life-protective quality. Approximately 300 units of water purifier, “PAUL” are currently already in use.

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