GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a Sloan AQUS Grey Water Toilet System That Recycles Your Sink Water (Worth $189)!

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Win a Sloan AQUS Grey Water System!

Saving water is one of the most important things we can do to ensure environmental and social sustainability for generations to come – but while many of us try to be conscious of our water use, we flush thousands of gallons of water down the drain each year due to inefficient toilets and sinks. To help cut down on this inefficient use of a vital resource, we’ve teamed up with Sloan Valve Company to give away FIVE AQUS water reclamation systems (Worth $189 each)! This awesome system is a simple DIY setup that takes your bathroom’s sink water and recycles it for flushing in your toilet – and it could save you up to 6,000 gallons of water each year. It’s easy to enter – just follow the steps below and tell us your top tip for conserving water!


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3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and tell us your top tip for conserving water. The deadline for this fabulous giveaway is Wednesday, September 28th. We’ll pick the 5 comments we like best and announce the winners in our September 29th newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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Sloan’s AQUS system is built around a box that rests below your sink and is capable of holding up to 5.5 gallons of reclaimed sink water. A small pump, activated by a water level sensor in the toilet tank, transfers the grey water to the toilet and fills the reservoir alongside the toilet’s water supply, off-setting 65% of the potable water needed per flush. If the Aqus runs out of water, the toilet’s regular water supply will complete the flush, and if the Aqus is full, the excess water is drained normally. The system also requires minimal maintenance – just once a year.

Each system comes as a kit that includes a hose and sensor wire, fixtures to be installed in the toilet tank, and some plumbing to connect the sink to the storage tank. The entering sink water pours through chlorine tablets, which are inserted to make sure the water is not dangerous, and a screen catches hair and other objects.

While payback depends on your location and you usage, since many municipalities charge for waste water processing, it could take just a few years for the AQUS to pay for itself. But above all, you’ll finally have peace of mind knowing you aren’t letting thousands of gallons of water go to waste!

+ Sloan AQUS Water Reuse System

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  1. chazmatz September 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Our kids love to save water by not flushing. Unfortunately, I find this out when I lift the lid the next day. Whoa Nellie!

  2. r hicks September 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I use a half gallon milk jug in the toilet tank to save water

  3. BlueRider September 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Would love to win this!

  4. monica soto September 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I was working in my house traing to do something like this system. If I don’t win please tell us where can we buy it.

  5. bright_colors September 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I wash dishes by hand, being a poor student. To save water, I use the rinse water from my utensils, plates and cups to soak the bigger cooking pots. It’s a simple trick, and you can see the water you’ve saved as you go.

  6. Brunocerous September 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Wash your dishes in a basin of soapy water instead of just running the faucet over each item.

  7. SallyArchitect September 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Don’t flush the toilet at night.

  8. JillBrasil September 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I’m quite inspired by all these people who have posted all these great ways to be nice to our planet. Thank you for that. I’m from the South originally and moved to Oregon, where I now have become aware of all that I can do. I recently opened a yoga studio, because I love it not for the money…. because it ain’t makin’ any yet!

    soo….. my cheap way of figuring out a way to live…. build a tiny house (or just redo an airstream) and use everything as efficiently as possible… including some super creative way to make use of all the water.

    I could totally use this. But someone else might need it more. I hope the right persons are chosen!

  9. eisbare1986 September 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    My tip for conserving water is that I try to water the garden with collected rainwater whenever possible instead of using the hose. Another cool idea I’ve seen used in a university building is to have a flat roof with a garden on top that will stand up to harsh conditions (both cold and hot) and will catch the rainwater. This water then is not reverted to the sewer system, so the amount of water handled by a local plant is reduce, and it is released back into the atmosphere via evaporation.

  10. onesmallvoice September 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    A very simple and effective trick to reduce water consumption is to create your own ‘low-flow’ toilet flushing system by placing an old plastic water bottle in the tank to displace and eliminate some of the water used to flush your toilet. It takes less than 5 minutes and it’s practically free!

    Here’s how:

    1. Spare an old plastic water bottle from a trip to the landfill. 20oz is good, 1 liter is better, but it may require some trial and error until you get the right balance for your flushing needs.

    2. Fill the bottle with water

    3. Place the bottle inside the tank; be careful to place the bottle in such a way that it does not block moving parts.

    4. Flush with pride and the knowledge that you have contributed to the reduction of water consumption while also saving yourself a little money.

  11. ladyboarder9669 September 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    turn the water off when brushing your teeth, limit showers to 5 mins. Invest in a water saving toilet bowl. Wash less dishes by hand and only run the dishwasher when its full, as well as your washing machine unless you have a water saving one. Water your lawn only easy mornings or at night, and make sure your sprinklers are only hitting your lawn.

  12. Mookster21 September 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    This is a great thing

  13. psxanarchist September 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

    The easiest water saving trick I used in each & every house/apartment I live in, is to place a mason brick inside the toilet water tank. The water displaced by the brick is saved each & every flush & doesn’t hamper performance. Quick. Simple. Effective.

  14. susbuilder2 September 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    A low-flow shower head is great. But even better is one that has a volume control. This allows me to turn the water off while sudsing up but prevents the “cold blast” that usually occurs when the water comes back on. Not only are you saving half the water from your shower, it’s water that you don’t have to heat either!

  15. mosburn September 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

    This would be an awesome addition to the guest bathroom. Even if I don’t win this, I am going to be looking at these systems.

  16. bethro September 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Oh it’s so easy and everyone could do it. Don’t shower every day. Better for your skin and hair anyway. I would love this system! We just bought a house and everything that needs to be done is DIY (no money after the house purchase!) and green projects are on the list but will take a while to get to.

  17. andreadistmtl September 20, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Can’t wait to win one of these! I love the foot-pedal controlled sinks to save water, and I use a cup of hot water to shave instead of letting the water run!

  18. Blooddrench September 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I guess no more peeing in the sink for me then.

  19. cool1313 September 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    very cool, didn’t even know this existed.

  20. melissa mc September 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    We don’t run the water while brushing our teeth and only water the lawn when it is needed (and then only in the evening!) ty for the chance and all the great tips!

  21. sholmberg September 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Much better design idea that the Swedish composting toilet we tested last week! Nice that you do not have to sacrifice comfort and cleanliness in order to conserve!

  22. luminarycrush September 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Drip irrigation has curbed a lot of my water use around the house and yard. I’ve thought about a grey water system but the work to install it has kept me away from it – this little undersink solution seems like a great compromise.

  23. bogmon September 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    -Rain Barrels for garden and plant watering.
    -Group Showers.
    -Irregular bathing.
    -Infrequent toilet flushing

  24. Larrey September 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’d love to win. This is a great product!

  25. Alex Kerensky September 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    This is awesome! As a college student living with 11 other environmentally friendly students, we conserve water by using the “if its yellow let it mellow” rule. We could REALLY use this in our house!

  26. thisisfarrah September 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Some of my top tips for conserving water are the following:
    – Invest in a dual flush toilet
    -Harvest rainwater
    -While waiting for hot water, collect the cold water and set it aside for watering plants
    -If your A/C drips like the one in my sister’s apt. does, collect that for watering plants, too!

    I would really love to install this in my parents’ house! They are finally trying to make great changes and green their house!

  27. Dragan September 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Colect rain water from the roof, and all the waste water from your home, than put all that through biological cleansing process in your garden and fill up large water tank. From that tank using solar powered pump fill in a tank just below the roof of your house to use it as a technical water in the house and the rest of the water from the big tank again with the same pump use for watering the plants in the garden. Design the plant watering sistem to have a few different lines and every one should be used for a specific group of plants to suit their need for water using a simple water distribution programer. With all this and you should also develop water saving habits in your household when washing teeth, bathing, using machines that use a lot of water loundry and dish washers with high efficiency and of course this little handy sistem AQUS which fits with all mentioned above perfectly.

  28. mmas September 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I love this! No more guilt about leaving the sink running while brushing teeth because now it flushes your toilet. How amazing!!

  29. YolandaCampbell September 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I have dual flush toilets, I collect rainwater and when changing pets water I use it for my (mostly) drought tolerant plants.

    I have mention this product as a sustainable option for a community planning report that will be published Sept. 30 for the state of California named Sustainable North Park Main Street. I’d like to try what I have promoted.

  30. September 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’m a student at Ohio Wesleyan University and I live in a house (The Tree House) dedicated to sustainability with 11 other students. We’re in the process of writing a grant to make changes to the house to make it more of a sustainability showcase, this grey water system would be great to have!

    One way we save water is catching water in a rain barrel then using it to water the campus community garden (or for the occasional slip n’ slide).

  31. ivanrussell September 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’d really like to win this! I’m just starting down the conservation road and this would be a nice start.

    Take shorter showers is my water saving tip!

  32. korki September 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

    When I change my cats’ drinking water, I pour it into a watering can to be used for my plants.

  33. thespian1951 September 18, 2011 at 2:52 am

    We have been working at this since I ran across the 2nd copy of The Mother Earth News in the early seventies! By now I have native plants in the yard and don’t water outside, use energy efficient appliances and low-flow devices, only flush when needed, never run water while brushing teeth or shaving, run only full loads in the washer, and take showers by wetting down then turning the water off while lathering up, then back on to rinse. I also have adjusted to cooler showers to minimize water warm up time. But I hope the best thing I’ve done is to pass these things on to my three children to replicate in their homes now that they are grown.

  34. CrystalBall77 September 18, 2011 at 1:38 am

    This is GREAT!! We just recently bought a book about making greywater systems.
    Our top water conserving tips are this:

    -When watering the garden the hose drips and I put a water bowl under it so that the animals have water.
    -Also use the dripping water to fill a watering can to water house plants.
    -We do the “yellow mellow, brown flush it down” bathroom technique.
    -Also we have a rain barrel during the winter months to help catch water for watering plants and animals.
    -Never leave the water running during dishes or brushing teeth.

    I am sure there are many more as we are constantly trying to find ways to conserve around the house.. Thanks for the contest!!

  35. jglee September 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    We water our vegetable garden with water from the roof, collected in recycled 55 gal barrels (previously used to hold Shoyu (soy sauce)).

  36. PAJ September 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I leave a bowl to collect the condensation from my A/C. Then I use that water for my plants.

  37. judy m September 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I have a small sewer system in my home so I have to do everything i can to lessen the load on my sewer so I have a 250 gal barrel to water my garden,i purchased a set of Bosch stacking washer/dryer [they only use 4.4 gal per wash],1.2 gal dual flush toilets as well as those aerators on the sinks. and we use the rule of if its yellow let it mellow.

  38. sarahshawnee September 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    We’re developing an environmental showcase for the Lancaster community at F&M, and would love to feature the system in our center! We could show visitors the other options available to them.

  39. AChome September 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    My top tip for conserving water has been visiting more sites like Inhabitat so I can learn more about things like this. The only thing we’ve done is cut down our shower time, we call “bird baths” and I get my hair washed at the technical college where I work instead of doing those marathon hair washing sessions in the shower. But Im looking for other ways to help conserve.

  40. Alheira September 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    This is a great idea. I think simliar to what utility companies do with rebates for electrical energy reduction, our water supply should offer rebates for homeowners, business owners…condo associations, landlords etc who adapt this. Talk about social responsibility…with the money saved and water conserved we can help those less fortunate. This is a great DIY solution for the home.

  41. tinyturn September 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I just learned about the AQUS system!! I plan to purchase one soon (if I don’t win one). In the meantime, I have a gallon jug full of sand in my toilet tank, in order to reduce the amount used. I flush only when *really* needed and I set up a rain barrel a few weeks ago. Living in New England, my rain barrel is already overflowing!! I use the water for plants, animals, etc. and I want to do more!! =)

  42. rmend September 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I had a leaky faucet fixed. Not too sophisticated. lol

  43. rylobo September 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Our house abides by the “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” rule.

    Also, each night I have a glass of water next to my bed in case I wake up thirsty. In the morning I pour what’s left into the watering can for the plants.

  44. willfun September 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    My best tip to save water is to shower sparingly, keeping my essential oils and manly musk readily available.

  45. lisas212 September 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    If it’s yellow, let it mellow!!

  46. acdb2011 September 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    save rain water. Fingers crossed :)

  47. AquaDoc September 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Take a look at the iDUS Controls ConservePump system. Similar concept to AQUS except it captures and recycles the bath water for toilet flushing. The amount of water used for bathing/showers (30%) is typically slightly greater than for toilet flushing (25%), so you can get more significant water savings (more flushes) than with the AQUS system – but at a higher cost. The iDUS system does not use any chemicals but instead relies on a smart pump controller to ensure the bathwater does not go septic. If the retention time is too long, a solenoid valve opens to drain the contents to sewer or an onsite wastewater system. The smart pump controller also regulates a solenoid valve that adds potable make-up water as needed through an air gap to prevent any cross connections. A number of Canadian municipalities have adopted their plumbing codes to accommodate this technology (e.g. Nanaimo, British Columbia; Guelph, Ontario). If you are interested in getting more information, the company’s web site is:

  48. Spazmoog September 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Joshua Baker We incorporate as many water saving strategies as possible in our urban home. 1.rainwater is collected and stored from the house, greenhouse and shed- this water is used to water plants within and around our house and greenhouse 2.wicking beds have been installed in any arid micro climate in our yard – this allows us to create constant water source to roots without top watering twice a day 3.we have landscaped our yard to retain water – we have put swales and different underground collector to allow water from rain run off and flooding from our rainwater catchment to infiltrate our landscape directly creating a system that regulates itself instead of depending on us for water 4. inside the house we re-use grey water via containers that are used to collect water from washing vegetable, hands etc. this is dumped onto trees in our yard. 5. the ever effective proverb – if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down. this technique alone saves us plenty of mony Winning the wonderful prize would allow us to take this technique up a notch. One water saving tip that I love is putting snow in buckets in the winter and using the melt water to water the plants inside the house and give the pets loads of water they love to drink.. Thanks for your time! Please consider us for the prize!!!!

  49. Spazmoog September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    We incorporate as many water saving strategies as possible in our urban home. 1.rainwater is collected and stored from the house, greenhouse and shed- this water is used to water plants within and around our house and greenhouse 2.wicking beds have been installed in any arid micro climate in our yard – this allows us to create constant water source to roots without top watering twice a day 3.we have landscaped our yard to retain water – we have put swales and different underground collector to allow water from rain run off and flooding from our rainwater catchment to infiltrate our landscape directly creating a system that regulates itself instead of depending on us for water 4. inside the house we re-use grey water via containers that are used to collect water from washing vegetable, hands etc. this is dumped onto trees in our yard. 5. the ever effective proverb – if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down. this technique alone saves us plenty of money Winning the wonderful prize would allow us to take this technique up a notch. One water saving tip that I love is putting snow in buckets in the winter and using the melt water to water the plants inside the house and give the pets loads of water they love to drink.. Thanks for your time! Please consider us for the prize!!!

  50. jalienjane September 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    To be honest the best way to save on water, as well as gas and electricity is to wash less!

  51. kellylerner September 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Over 50% of residential water use in the US goes to irrigation, so we’ve transformed our yard – removed turf, sheet mulched, and planted native perennial plants (many are edible) that don’t require irrigation. We use drip irrigation for the vegetable garden. We’ve also replaced our toilets with 1.2 gallon models, replaced our old clothes washer with an Energy Star front loader, use low-flow faucets and wash our dishes in a water efficient dishwasher (only when fully loaded). Washington State just passed legislation to make residential greywater systems legal and I design them for all my clients.

  52. Bluecoast September 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I have a tip that can conserve even more water than a dual-flush toilet or greywater recycling system — PEE OUTSIDE!

    It does require a bit of a paradigm shift, of course. I think greywater recycling may be a close second 😛

  53. Toffermac September 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    It’s about time we stop using drinking water to flush our waste, how many centuries did that take?

  54. jetgraphics September 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Tip top tip for tippling water . . . use, re-use, filter, and use again. My favorite is collecting rainwater in a cistern, to be used for potable water and aquaponics, raising fish, and using the fish waste laden water for feeding plants (via hydroponics or aeroponics), which feed people and animals and the fish. And once filtered by natural means, is recirculated back to the fish tank.

  55. VYanez September 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I am an architect and replaced standard toilets in my home with the dual flush toilets we specify to others. I would like to try the aquas system to be able to determine if I should promote it to others. In theory, its a great idea, and Im glad to see this come on the market. It just needs to work effectively.

  56. September 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Limit shower time to less than ten minutes. Delta has a great water saving shower head that feels like a real shower and uses only 1.5 gpm. (Model Number: RP46384) I good tip for guys while shaving is to fill up the sink with water while shaving instead of running the faucet. Clean the razor in the sink by swishing it back and forth.

  57. YRG September 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Choose efficient shower heads and install faucet aerators on your kitchen and bathroom sinks.

  58. nflenna September 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I had foot pedals installed in my kitchen sink and my shower so i can turn the water off as much as possible even if my hands are full.

  59. Motorod September 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I collect rainwater for my garden and greywater my wash. I also use bucketed shower water for my garden.

  60. green mama September 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

    If every person used a 3 gal bucket in the shower to collect the cold to hot water and used it for just 1 flush what a happier planet we would have.

  61. marcia131 September 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I have wanted one of these for YEARS! I have had it on my Christmas list… Fingers crossed that Santa will come early this year!

  62. Fearless Fred September 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    To save water I piss on a tree before going to bed at night. That saves one flush of a toilet. I also fill a one gallon water jug and set it in the tank which reduces water for flushing by 33%. Don’t run the water for teeth brushing, wash hands in cold water and as I live in the high plains desert of New Mexico, kill the lawn and the natural vegitation take over. My water bill is 3000 gal a month. The neighbors average 9000.

  63. jetle25 September 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Stop drinking bottled water. That alone would save water being pumped out of depleted aquifers. While saving you money you’re putting in large corporations pockets who steal water from the people, bottle it in plastic to sell back to the people. also…

    “If it’s yellow, keep it mellow. If its brown flush it down”

  64. grandemperor September 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

    My best tips for saving water is to half fill up a sink of water to use while shaving, collecting rain water to water plants and depending on the amount even to wash clothing. In the shower rinse off and then lather up while the water is turned off and then when ready to rinse the soap off then turn it on again. Just a few great ways to conserve!

  65. GreenPoint Coach September 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Simple, energizing, & fun water-saving tip: Put on your favorite 3 minute (or as close to it as possible) song/YouTube video and rock out while you’re in the shower. You have to turn off the water when the song is over. Great way to start the day!(This is even better if you have a 1.5 GPM shower head.(Try Sean Kingston’s Fire Burning – but you have to be towling off by the end!)

  66. sierrainteriors September 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    1. Turn off all water using appliances and faucets and go to your meter and check if the meter spins or not. If your meter is running, you have a leak somewhere and will need to solve that with your DIY skills or hire a plumber to correct the leak.
    2. When purchasing outdated and broken down appliances, check for the Energy Star certification. When purchasing new faucets or toilets, check for the Water Sense label.
    3. Use native landscaping or xeriscaping for all new plantings around your home or in containers if you don’t have a yard to plant in.

  67. David Kulina September 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    The best drop is one that never leaves the faucet!
    If the breakfast plate was used simply for toast and there’s only crumbs on it, the same person can brush it off and use it again for lunch.

  68. greenie227 September 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

    My family has been saving shower water in buckets (I then water the garden), water in the kitchen in a container (I then water the houseplants), and rain in rain barrels (I then water the garden). As a dedicated gardener and plant-lover, I’m constantly trying to reuse water (using only appropriate soaps) and not use water. And did I mention that when I water the garden, it’s by dumping the indoor buckets into rain barrels that are attached to a drip irrigation system for the garden? Every bit counts, especially when parts of our country are going through a terrible drought.

  69. strickets September 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    All I ever heard as a kid was shut the water off while brushing my teeth, now I know why. Save the water!

  70. newdomino September 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I plant only native plants in my yard. Because they are adapted to the climate of my state I almost never had to water them, except when I first put them in the ground. Compared to how often my neighbors water their lawns and ornamental plants, I save a lot of water (and time and sanity) that way!

  71. iniapece September 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Hey there. I save some water by putting a bottle inside the toilet tank, with that it doesn’t fill completely. but it does something. =)

  72. amyzills September 16, 2011 at 7:35 am

    We really try to conserve water around here, we shower together, brush teeth together, and remind each other to conserve.

  73. avallk September 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I picked up two plastic drums from the local car wash, hooked them in parallel and connected them to my down spout. It is absolutely amazing how fast 110 gallons of water come off the roof and fill the barrels.
    We use this water to water the deck plants and top off the pool when needed. And in an emergency of no power, can use for flushing the toilet or (after boiling on the grill) use for cooking/drinking water.

  74. Wetzelman1 September 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

    although, maybe not as elegant, not flushing every #1 will significantly impact your water savings. Averaging 3 gallons per flush, if those unnecessary flushes are eliminated, you’ll save tens of gallons every week.
    In America, we live in a culture of excess and something ore unique to us is that we take showers and lave the water running. Most of the world does not do this. They turn the water on, get wet, turn it off, soap up, and rinse. We use about 3.5 gallons/minute to shower, so cutting a 10 minute shower, to a 2 minute shower saves over 25 gallons of water.

    It’s no mystery that we use a lot of water, technologies like the Sloan system are a great way to cut down on resource dependency and we all have no excuse not to use a grey water retainment system that is so easy to use and install. But the thing that will make the biggest difference is changing our habits.

  75. Leonasimon September 16, 2011 at 7:11 am

    This needs to be an industry standard for both new construction and for retrofitting. I would love to figure out a way to retrofit showers and washing machines that would not involve open buckets of water. We waste so much potable water just to get rid or our s–t. It just INSANE! (In my opinion)

  76. pinus September 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

    The five main measures of saving water are, the storage of rainwater, reducing water in cisterns, flow reducers on taps, wash the car with bucket and sponge and keep the pipes fit so that there is no leakage. Good water savings!

  77. SoulSnax September 16, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I’ve yet to connect our rain barrels to the toilets, so lately I have been using water from the dehumidifier to flush our downstairs toilet. The system I am about to win will be perfect in our upstairs toilet!

  78. dgle88 September 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Here are a couple of simple things that I do to save/collect water on the cheap:

    1. I’ve set up a simple rain collection system on the garage (gutters -> multiple garbage cans). But the cool part is that I’ve set up my on-the-cheap greenhouse garden slightly downhill from the garage and am able to control watering very precisely.

    2. The old water-bottle-in-the-toilet tank trick is certainly a worth-while effort, but I’ve gone all out and built my own composting toilet. Very cheap to do! and really, it doesn’t even smell! Not a drop of water involved, except of course that which is be discarded. It’s amazing how much water we use to whisk away our nasties.

  79. pcordero September 15, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    My suggestions to save water include filling one or two 2-liter bottles with water and place them into the toilet tank.

    Also to water your garden at night, less water will get evaporated and you will need less water to keep yur garden green.

    Also to try to use your washing machine at full load, so that you would need to wash fewer times each year.

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

  80. iloveegypt1 September 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I learned this trick from my grandmother (who went through the Depression, and I’m guessing she learned this then). When doing dishes, instead of letting the rinse sink fill with water, or letting the water just run, you get a small container and put it in the sink, fill it with water and use it to dunk the soapy dishes it. It really works, and saves a ton of water.
    Another trick I figured out on my own is, if you discover you have a leaky faucet, and can’t get it fixed right away, put your potted plants under it, and let them get watered. That way you don’t waste the water, and your plants get watered, kills two birds with one stone! I also put the dogs water bowl under it, and let it fill up too. Then, of course, get the sink fixed is the next thing to do!

  81. Game_Hunter September 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I set a goal for myself of getting used to a “navy shower”. It saves energy, time and water. The idea is simple and originated from a lack of fresh water on naval vessels. 30 seconds to get wet, turn off the water and lather up in around 30 seconds or so and then turn the water back on to finish. You shoot for done in 2 minutes. I just try to finish before the current song on the radio finishes. You can cut your water use from 60 gallons or so during a shower down to under 5 gallons and if you use a low flow shower head like the Aqua Helix you can go under that. One person could save 10,000 gallons of water a year easily.

  82. debby14 September 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    My tip is use a rain barrel for watering plants and animals. My chickens drink rain water and everyone loves their eggs.

  83. debby14 September 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    My top tip is use a rain barrel for watering plants and animals. My chickens drink rain water and everyone loves the eggs they produce.

  84. bermane September 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    We have had to water our plants and lawn during this unprecedented drought in our region (Arkansas-Oklahoma border) but we have managed to save water by using drip irrigation, running any sprinklers for short periods at night, and replacing failing plants with native species. Xeriscaping is water wise, it is the wave of the future.

  85. dcr September 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    wow, this would go great in my custom RV/mutant-vehicle. especially since storing large amounts of water is very difficult in vehicles.

  86. Cryonyx September 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Other than rain barrels and a front loading clothes washing machine, I don’t have much in water saving equipment. We’ve worked mostly on changes to routine e.g. turn off water while brushing teeth, lowered water fill levels in toilet tanks.

  87. jutman September 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I can see this saving 3 – 4 flushes at least a day. I am not sure what the easimated payback is, but with the price of water where I live it would probably be rather quick. I would like to see them make a larger basement unit that could be setup to contain both the sinks and showers / bath in the house. I do not think then I would ever use water to flush again. Same technology, just a bigger tank.

  88. crlohr September 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    The way that I save water is by reusing my sink’s grey water with my new Aqus system that I won on Inhabitat!

  89. cag4 September 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    keep a bucket in the shower (or next to it). capture the cold water as it gets warm. Dump it in the toilet for flushing, or use it for watering, or…?

  90. Elissa September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    We actually do this already, by:
    1. keeping plastic tubs in bathroom and kitchen sinks to collect wash water;
    2. training washing machine water outflow to a 27-gallon tub; and
    3. transferring water from the above to 5-gallon pails that also collect shower water runoff.

    We then use the five-gallon pails to flush the toilet, which also gives us some good weight-lifting exercise. A few squirts of povidone iodine or other anti-bacterial help maintain the plastic.

  91. 3arn0wl September 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I think that using grey water to evacuate the toilet is an excellent idea.

  92. cmuwalpole September 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Water conservation is especially important in Austin, TX right now! We will be taking advantage of the City rebates by letting our lawn die and will replace it with a native grass when the drought breaks. Of course we have a front-loading washing machine and wash as many dishes by hand as I can handle, but we still use the dishwasher. :)We also only have one bathroom for the 4 of us, with a shower and a dual flush toilet. But we’re adding that second bath, and all we need is a toilet! How perfect. 😉

  93. earthsaver September 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    For dishes I wash by hand, properly diluted dish soap means I usually don’t have to run the tap until I’m ready to rinse them. And my 3M/Scotchbrite sponges do such a good job retaining soap during use.

  94. mmmiller2 September 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t have rain barrels yet. but I do have a 5 gal bucket off the edge of my garage that fills when it rains. I use that to water the herb garden right next to it.

  95. revit4greenfuture September 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    The clothes washer can really “drain” a water supply. Making a habit to wash large loads will not only save water, but it will save you time and money.

  96. JeskaK September 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I have a friend and her roommates – that has set up a grey water system in their bathroom… this is much more sophisticated.

  97. Sunjufish September 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    My tip for saving water was to take the discharge line of my basement sump pump and cut in a tee and valve where I could valve off the “normal” path of sump water to the storm water drain and connect a garden hose. I can now water my lawn by using my sump water all summer…all Ii have to do is move the sprinkler every day when I get home from work.

  98. kestrel September 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    wish i could win this!

  99. reikomat September 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    This is what our house in Upstate NY needs! This will save us a lot of money usually wasted to pump up well water.

  100. thecolor September 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    This is GREAT! I’m so excited!

    Presently my water saving methods have been to install Bricor aerators on all my faucets and EcoFIT heads on my showers. I’ve noticed a great decrease in water use everywhere except sewer (which I can only assume is the toilet)! :(

    While I’ve placed objects in my tank to offset the water fill (make it less), unfortunately those have a tendency to get caught in the stopper from time to time and cause even more water use (never shutting and just continually filling)… so I have to be real careful about those.

    I’ve really wanted to figure a DIY way to use grey water from the sinks, but just am not that capable at the design part.

    It would be a GREAT help and savings to me and the rest of the environment if I could stick one of these in each of my two bathrooms. :)

    good luck to all. :)

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