WITH many parts of South Africa currently experiencing a water crisis, everyone is under severe pressure to reduce their water consumption.The Co-op Mica, located in the Willow Road Shopping Centre and one of the leading suppliers in the hardware and agricultural industry, is running a grey water recycling initiative this month that is the ideal way to ease the pressure and the cost of water bills.Grey water refers to the relatively clean water from your shower, washing machine, sinks, etc. that goes to waste. Recycling it has proven a very effective way of reducing water consumption.A member of the Co-op’s staff started recycling his grey water last year and ended up paying only half of what his water bill was the previous month. He severed his shower drain pipes, diverted the water to settling tanks and inserted a filtration system to keep most of the soap back.Every system is unique and can be designed according to the customer’s needs. Rainwater harvesting is another way of subsidising water consumption and 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 tank would depend on the space you have available or the amount of rain you get. Collection tanks vary in size from 260F through 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 be installed in the garden and recycled water could 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. You can even 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. Come in to The Co-op Mica for professional and friendly service and advice on your unique application.The Co-op Mica is 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.