In my quest to find why we use so much water for domestic needs, I
measured our shower head output this morning. It measured exactly
2-gallons in 1-minute. Seems high. What is the recommended flow rate
for water conservation?
low flow is considered 2-2.5 gallons a minute.
take that 2 gallons, guess how long for each shower, multiply it by the
number of showers in a month (estimate) and see how much of your water
consumption is showering. my guess: this isnt the problem.
bigger worries: leaky faucets. lots of laundry. toilets that take 3
gallons a flush.
"Dick" <LeadWinger> wrote in message
Even better get a "navy" showerhead. It has a ring on a chain you have
to pull down on to keep the valve open. Just like those emergency wash
down showers located in places where hazardous stuff is handled.
On Tue, 08 Feb 2005 19:39:01 GMT, BinaryBillTheSailor@Sea++.com wrote:
Yes, it does. We are trying to unload the amount the leach field has
to dispose of each day to reduce the number of times we get the septic
pumped at $460 each. Had to do it 3 times since August. It isn't
just domestic water use, but heavy rains that saturate the leach
field. Can't do much about the weather, but can reduce the amount of
water we put in it. If we have two showers each day at our
2-gallon/min flow rate, that's 60 gallons, or 40% of our daily water
use. Eight flushes of two toilets at 3-1/2 gal/per is 56 gallons.
That's nearly 80% of our total. The rest being drinking water, dish
washer and clothes washer.
I have on order two Toto UltraMax toilets which will help on that
side. If we can limit our showers to 5-minutes each, that should help
there. We already have a front-load Maytag which is very conservative
of water use. We can try to stretch out our dishwasher use. That's
about all we can do without getting ridiculous. I am also looking
into a gray water system, but the requirements here are very
restrictive, and don't know if I want to deal with the red tape.
Not trying to save water. Trying to save our septic system.
grey water is great if you intend on using it for watering and stuff, but
there is an odor to it and make sure you never, never drink it, even by
accident. i'd make sure you have a diff. color hose for it and even a sign
above the spigot so others will know it's not well or city water.
The regulations here are pretty strict. Can only be used for
irrigation. Must be contained on your property. Cannot pool. Must
have bypass back to sewer if clogged. Cannot be used for dishwasher,
kitchen sink or even washing machine if it is used for diapers.
System needs to be inspected, etc. etc. The rules go on and on.
I do not know where you live but, having to have your septic pumped three times
since August suggests that your leach field has completely failed. I live in
North Eastern North Carolina in the Dismal Swamp and have never had to pump that
often except when the leach field started to go bad.
I'm not convinced yet that it is completely failed. We have had a
number of homes with septic systems in both cold and warm climates.
The problem started with heavy rains over several days which formed a
lake in our backyard. The water had no place to go but down which
sent it right down to the leach field. When the tank was pumped the
first two times, the excess water from the drain field just poured
back into the tank. Several hundred gallons of rainwater. With the
field so saturated with water, the output from the tank really had no
where to go. It may be though, and we are discussing the situation
with the Country and contractors. Our options at this point are few
(make that very expensive.)
Maximum Conservation Efficiency (MCE) is acheived at a flow rate of 0 gpm,
but you're going to be walking around dirty or soapy. Here's another
thought- it takes x amount of water to wash off y amount of soap.
Hypothetical example: if the flow is 2gpm, let's say it takes 2 minutes to
wash off the soap. If the flow rate decreases to 1gpm, it now takes 4
minutes to wash off the same amount of soap. Of course, there are
psychological and comfort factors, but they can't be measured very well.
As you can tell, I belong to the "low flow does not conserve water, only
wastes time" camp.
Here here,,,, first thing I do is remove the restrictor in the shower head.
Faucets I leave alone. When I was traveling a lot I even carried a special
pair of water pump pliers for the hotel room showers, if needed. Before I
check out I would put the restrictor back.
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