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Water saving tip #15

By James Lombard   (2016-04-25)

Become a mindful bather

In our water saving tip # 6 we compared the water usage of a shower to that of a bath. Taking a shower was determined to use less water than a bath, provided a water saving shower head is used (flow rate below 10 L/min) and showering time is reduced to 5 – 7 mins.

But often times taking a bath is not only a means of personal hygiene, but also of relaxation. To many the ritual of pouring a warm bath after a long day is paramount to meditation, cleansing both body and mind and rejuvenating the will.

If you are such a person, who bathes both for cleaning and well being, then today’s tip is for you. Here are 3 ways to become a mindful bather:

1 Do not fill the bathtub to the brim

A full bathtub generally holds about 150 L of water. This is a very large amount of water to use for daily cleaning, especially considering that it is potable municipal water. Take care only to fill the bathtub with enough water to meet your needs.

2 Re-use your bathwater (grey water harvesting)

About 35 % of the average household’s domestic water use goes into watering the garden. A further 20 % is used for bathing and showering. A large portion of your domestic water bill can therefore be saved if the water used from the bath and shower is re-used for watering the garden.

A bucket can be used for this purpose (see our water saving tip # 7), or a full grey water harvesting system can be installed. This involves pumping water already used and paid for (shower, bath, bathroom sink and washing machine) directly to the garden through a hosepipe, as the water is used. See our grey water harvesting page and get in touch to get your own system installed.

3 Use rain water for bathing

Rain water falls freely from the sky on a regular basis. A great way to prevent wasting potable municipal water on bathing is to re-use rain water. Depending on the number of tanks, down-pipe positions and whether water is simply stored or integrated for domestic consumption, a full rain water harvesting system can cost anywhere from about R 10 000 upwards.

This may seem like a large cost, but is typically earned back within a couple of years, saving thousands of Rands (and litres!) over a lifetime. Check out our rain water harvesting services to start saving today!