Green Guide

tap waterWater -- we can't live without it. We need it to hydrate and to stay clean. So in honor of Earth Month, let's look at some ways to save water. For starters, rethink the water in your home. Not only is it better for the environment to use tap water, it's usually better for your health.

Tap water contains fluoride, which is good for your teeth and though some bottled water manufacturers add fluoride, the process of bottling the water and distributing it to vendors creates waste and uses up fuel.

According to data from the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), manufacturing 29 million plastic bottles used for water in the U.S. requires the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of crude oil.

Ouch. Oh, and with bottled water prices at a couple dollars a gallon, it costs us more than $15 million a year just to drink the stuff! So how else can you be green and save your greenbacks?

 

There's now a new product on the market that recycles the water in your bathroom. In layman's terms, the Sloan® AQUS® Greywater System basically uses water from your sink to flush your toilet. Used water that flows from your sink drain (known as greywater) goes through a sanitation device and then into a storage reservoir under the sink. When you flush your toilet, water from the reservoir is used.

An average two-person household can save up to 5,000 gallons of fresh water a year using this system, so imagine what entire families can save. According to a sales rep at the company, the system costs $395 (1-800-9-VALVE-9 or sloanvalve.com).

That's a bit out of my price range, so I think I'll start with drinking tap water, but tell me: What ways do you save water? How far do you go to be green?

 

For more tips on recycling in your home go to Home & Garden Buzz.