It’s been an year since we kick-started our water saving initiatives at Celestial Greens and we are already seeing some exciting results! We started the first intervention when the water consumption was heading north at an alarming pace and soaring above a whopping 40 Lakhs litres per month! As of today, we were able to bring down this number to 30 Lakhs (see the graph below) as the 3-month moving average trend line indicates.
In May 2013, we installed water saving devices in kitchen and toilet taps which was accompanied by some guidelines and best practices to follow. We did leak fixing of taps in all apartments. Further, the projects such as sump leakage fixes, effective use of gardening pipe lines for that specific purpose.
While the situation has improved drastically, we could still do a lot to save and conserve water. Water and electricity bills are the second biggest ticket items in our annual budget now only next to security and staffing charges. To make things worse, the authorities have started treating apartments with a different yardstick which makes water conservation even more important in Bangalore context.
Water saving and conservation is a continuous process that involves lifestyle changes and exhibition of some good habits while dealing with water. The following are some easy water saving measures that work like a charm for any household and even your little ones and maids can be trained to adapt them.
Simple Water Saving Measures that anyone can practice!
- Flush usage: Learn to half-flush your toilet flush cistern depending on your usage type. If you are flushing liquid waste, please push back the knob as soon as the color of water in the toilet bowl changes. While flushing solid waste, push the knob back as soon as the waste disappears. This simple trick can save 1000s of litres of water per day for our community
- Short showers & water saving showers: Showers (along with kitchen taps) are the biggest culprits in wasting water. While, it may not be possible for everyone to have a bucket bath (best case), it is possible to restrict a shower to 4-5 minutes and save a lot of water. This is something that requires immediate attention – especially with kids. Further, you may switch to water saving shower heads that can bring down water consumption to 6-7 litres per minute from 12-20 litres as wasted by a poor old style shower
- Running tap usage: A lot of people still have the bad habit of brushing or shaving while the tap is still running. This habit has to change. Further, running water usage while doing dishes may be reduced by first applying dish soap on all wet plates and utensils and then rinsing rather than doing the entire thing under running water for 30 or 45 minutes
- Fix leakages on time: A tap that leaks one drop per second can waste up to 10,000 litres of water per year!!! Hence please inform your plumber if you notice leaking taps, showers or even flushes that are continuously flowing and get them fixed as soon as possible
- Washing machine usage: Use your washing machines only when it is fully loaded as per the suggested max load. If you are using an age old washer that wastes 100 or 120 litres of water per cycle, please switch to a water saving washing machine
- Avoid full-RO water filters: Since we are getting Cauvery water supply for most of the days, it makes sense to have an ordinary UV filter or semi-RO filter than a full RO water filter that wastes a lot of water. You may keep this in mind while buying new filter or remodeling your kitchen
- Finally… please do not tamper with the water saving devices installed in your faucets. They are there for a good cause and it is a matter of time before you get used to them. At the end, one might argue that I can afford to pay for what I consume but the fact remains that sometimes the water is just not available there to consume!
Our next goals…
With our consumption of water hovering around 100,000 Litres per day, we are using about 550 Litres per household. This is still above the usage norms for an average urban family size of 4 members. We would like to get somewhere between 400-450 litres of water consumption per family per day for optimal usage.
We will be doing another round of inspection for leaks and the functioning of saving devices in coming months. Further, we will continuously evaluate any possible technical solutions for optimized water consumption and conservation .
Let’s save water as much as possible! Apart from benefiting from reduced bills, it is a service to the people who are not as lucky as we are when it comes to water availability.