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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1. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!
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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!
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