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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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Water is life, well being and vitality

Who uses regular sugar-containing drinks increases significantly his risk of getting obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

The Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine indicates that water is the healthiest thirst quencher for children. In lemonade or cola are (well hidden) additional calories, which are inadvertently ingested. There are different opinion about the issue of water recovery. Some people think that devices with which the water should taste better than others are the greatest – some just think that this is energizing esoteric nonsense.

The goal of almost all vitalizing devices is to bring the household water in its natural state. The vital source of water is exposed to a lot of stress until it gets into our bodies. For example  radio and cell phone waves, power lines and pipe systems have negative impact on the quality of water. The consequences from the loss of energy and vitality and calcification are and bad taste. Energized water removes lime and has a balancing and restorative effect. Vital water tastes better, potted plants can grow better and keeps cut flowers fresh longer .

If you want to revive the tap water in your house, there are three different methods:
1. Turbulence: following the example of nature water is set in motion, like a mountain stream, which is mixed up by stones and slope
2.”Transmission” through crystals and precious stones such as rose quartz –
you have have to put the water into a water carafe
3. Magnetic fields are used, like you find  in the source water that is exposed for decades under the earth to the earth’s magnetic field

Once you decide to benefit from revitalized water, you should consider to compare carefully before purchasing a device!
Take a close look at systems that combine several, or all three modes of action and see if promised results can be archieved with it.
Have the vendor explain the functions of the device accurately to you and make sure that you get a guarantee a return of at least 6 months!
And last but not least: Try It! Because ultimately the water  should taste good, too!

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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 Water

The scarcity of water in Europe is increasing, caused by climate change and waste. The EU Commission estimates that there will be a significant water shortage in many European regions by 2050.

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Especially the south of Europe is affected  ​​- hence the authorities in Brussels are looking for ways  to encourage water conservation.
However, against appropriate media reports, there will be no binding rules for private households on how to save water, said EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik: “I want to emphasize that the Commission currently has no plans to require water-efficient taps in any member country. ”
But please do not forget: Water is an essential resource!
With a few technical changes and just little effort, it is possible for anyone to save significant amounts of drinking water in their household.

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Mayor hotel chain reduces energy and water consumption

Saving water and energy in hotels
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After several years of intensive internal testing Hilton Worldwide presents results of the company’s internal environmental program “Light Stay”.
This program reduced  the water & energy consumption by 5 percent the CO2 emissions by 6 percent in all 1.300 participating hotels in the year 2009. The amount  of waste was reduced by 10 percent and  the water consumption by 2.4 percent.
In other words, these results are truly impressive: The energy saved is roughly equivalent to the annual consumption of 5,700 households, the  reduced CO2 emissions equals  the closure of 34 865 cars  and the saved water would fill more than 650 Olympic swimming pools.
The reduced energy and water consumption means an operating cost saving of approx. 29 million U.S. dollars (about 21 million €)

By the end of 201,1 all 3,50 Hilton Worldwide hotels will use the  Light-stay system
Sustainability in real life by saving energy and water consumption around the world-  reviewed at regular intervals and evaluated based on uniform standards.

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Virtual water

Each resident in Hamburg, Germany consumes 108 liters per day – a decreasing trend. But in reality it is a different story: If you drink coffee in the morning you  may not forget: It take 140 Liter of water to produce, not in Hamburg, but a some other places in the world. Virtual water is the term for the water, which is needed to produce and transport a product. Including the virtual water, the daily water demand in Germany is about 4,000 liters per person. Relying on products and food from regional and resource-friendly production is a way to reduce the water demand effectively. For example “HAMBURG WATER” offers just that: The drinking water is obtained exclusively from groundwater. 1 liter of Hamburg Drinking water costs 0.16 cents and is therefore 100 and 500 times cheaper than retail offered bottled water, and also it works without any packaging.

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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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From ground water to original Eau de Cologne….

Once again this year, Cologne tourism presented from 09.-03.13.2011 at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin.
On this important travel trade fair, Cologne tourism presented the international trade visitors and private visitors Cologne as the “city of water
The Rhine river,the original Eau de Cologne & the Koelsch Beer and terms for waters that are strongly associated with Cologne.
You can explore the beautiful city from the water, on a boat trip on the Rhine river, visit the historic perfume house 4711, taste a Kolsch at a traditional brewery or take a bath in a state-approved medicinal water –  the city offers its visitors many attractions in 2011:

Rhein-River: Highlights on the water
The Romans appreciated the excellent location of Colonia on the water. Even today, many visitors use the river as a transport route into the city and enjoy the view of Cologne from the water.

Eau de Cologne: a fragrant water
Patrick Suskind describes in his novel “Perfume” the world of fragrances and the birth of the scent of Eau de Colgne. Farina and 4711 are the first brands of perfume water which Cologne has made ​​famous throughout the world.

Kölsch: brewed water and life
Kölsch is not just a beverage, it also reflects a sense of life-style. The Cologne dialect and the favorite drink of the residents are connected- it is the only language you can actually drink…
Spa: relax in the water
For relaxation you can find in Cologne a wide range of excellent swimming and spa pools. Feel comfortable and let your soulflow.

Please do not forget that water is a very precious commodity. Help save water by installing in your home modern water saving shower heads or flow regulators with water-saving features. Water saving can be very easy.

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