Regardless if your property is in an area where water is a scarce commodity or not, it is always important to save water in regard to the environment. Here are some hands on tips on how you can make the water footprints of your accommodation smaller.
Install a low-flow showerhead and low-flow faucet aerators in your sinks. It may cost you some money up front, but your water conservation efforts will save you money down the road. Conventional showerheads flow at 5 gallons per minute or more and conventional faucets flow as high as 3 gallons per minute, whereas low-flow showerheads typically flow at 2.5 gallons per minute and low-flow faucets flow at 1.5 gallons per minute. In other words - a lot of water to be saved.
Make your guest aware
Encourage your guests to save water to by turning of the water when shaving or brushing their teeth. Also tell them to not flush things down the toilet to dispose of them. Throw tissues and other bathroom waste in the garbage can, which doesn’t require gallons of water.
Get rid of the tubs
A bathtub adds luxury but an average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water, whereas a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 25 gallons. Explain to your guests why you have chosen to not have a tub in the bathrooms.
Fix those leaky faucets
That constant drip is more than just annoying; it’s also a huge waste of water. You can lose more than 20 gallons of water a day from a single drippy faucet!
Get a low-flow toilet
Flushing is the biggest water hog in the house. Older, conventional toilets can use 5 to 7 gallons per flush, but low-flow models use as little as 1.6 gallons. Since the average person flushes five times a day, the gallons can really add up.
If you can’t replace your higher volume toilet, put a plastic bottle filled with water or a brick stone in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
Check for leaking toilets
To check for a toilet leak, put dye or food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak that should be repaired.