Minimise your wat er consumption by recycling grey water

2018-01-24 06:01

BENJAMIN Franklin once said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” Well, South Africa is on the brink of finding out just what water is worth.

We are currently experiencing one of the most devastating droughts in history and, as was recently confirmed, we also have the worst water restrictions ever. South Africa has reached the point where its residents have to start treating water consumption like a salary; in other words, we have to “budget”, especially since households have been urged to limit their daily water consumption to 60F per person.

The Co-op Mica, one of the leading suppliers in the hardware and agricultural industry, has provided the ideal way to ease off some of the pressure by recycling grey ­water.

Grey water refers to the relatively clean water from showers, washing machines, sinks, etc. that goes to waste and recycling it has proven a very effective way of reducing your water consumption.

Statistics have shown that people use 10F of water for every minute in the shower.

There is no specific system for recycling grey water. It can be customised according to a customer’s needs.

One of the simplest methods is harvesting rain water. All you need is a water tank and a pressure pump. A ‘Spaarwater’ lay-flat hose can also be used to divert rainwater from downpipes into swimming pools.

The size of the water tank would depend on the space you have available or the amount of rain you get. Collection tanks vary in size from 260F to 10 000F.

A JoJo Slimline 750F tank is a good choice for small spaces. This can also be used as a backwash recovery tank to save pool water by allowing it to settle before pumping it back into the pool.

A ‘micro-irrigation system’ can also be installed in the garden and recycled water can be used to irrigate it.

You could even set the system up to supply grey water to toilets for flushing purposes.

If the available space is too small to accommodate a large water tank, you can use a smaller container or divert the water directly where you want it to go by using assorted pipes and fittings.

Simply insert a filter to hold back the worst of the chemicals before pumping the water where you need it to go.

There are several other methods that can be used to recycle your grey water.

If you haven’t made an effort to limit your water consumption as much as possible, now is definitely the time to start.

For more info or advice on your grey water recycling needs, visit the Co-op Mica, located in the Willow Road Shopping Centre on the corner of Circular Drive and Willow Road, or contact the sales team on 041 007 0580.

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