## Save 368 Billion Gallons of H20 Per Year

use waste water to flush your toilet

2007 estimate f households:
111,162,259
(http://www.census.gov/population/projections/nation/hh-fam/table1n.txt)

average annual household water use:
127,400 gallons

percentage used for toilets:
26.7% = 33,124 gallons per household per year
(http://www.toiletabcs.com/toilet-water-conservation.html)

Sooooo,....
33,124 * 111,162,259 = 368,213,866,716 = 368 billion gallons per year saved by using this method if everyone in the US does it.

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overview if video not working:
put a bucket over your bath tub drain so that while you take a shower it will fill with water splashing off of you.
when full set bucket aside and use the water to flush your toilet by pouring the water directly over the toilet drain til everythings flushed away.
You can do this using a very small amount of water from the bucket if you aim right and hold it high enough (the force of the water falling into the drain sucks everything away).
I don't understand the need to conserve water. There must be something that I just don't understand. Can some one please explain to me, how on a planet that is 70.8% water (by surface area), where we have developed the method to purify water, we can have a water shortage? It is a simple process to boil water and collect the steam which means salinity is not an issue.<br><br>I don't mean to be condescending, I just really don't get it.
1) there are a lot of places that people live that aren't right next to the ocean.<br>2) it takes a lot of energy to desalinate water, energy costs money and creates pollution.<br>3) it is impossible to pump desalinated water from the oceans to all inland inhabited areas over tens of thousands of miles in the quantities needed (for farming, drinking, livestock, washing, toilets, etc). This would require immense new infrastructures.<br>4) things other than humans need water too, if we drain all local water and then start desalinating and pumping new water inland for only ourselves this would still be a problem for the 'natural surroundings&quot;.<br>5) probably other reasons too, those are just off the top of my head..
Thank you for this!. I live in a desert so water conservation is huge. My shower is a shower/bathtub and the bath tub faucet doesn't close all the way when you want to take a shower, so there is a ton of wasted water just flowing down the drain. This is a great way to use that wasted water!
For my shower, I keep a bucket under the spiqot until the water warms up, then pull it out, set it aside for the next flush (flush, then pour it into the top part, after removing the lid (be careful and don't drop the top, it will shatter). Just plain tap water that would go down the drain, no soap...
yeah, I had thought about the soapy water maybe causing problems at the sewage treatment plants, but people use those toilet bowl cleaner pucks which are probably similar to soap, so I thought it should be ok (especially since the soap concentration is very low, at least at the end of my showers). Also, I don't use shampoo or anything, just soap. If you use all kinds of crazy chemicals for your hair then those might be bad for the sewage treatment plant (if people did it on a large scale), but I'm not sure.
Doesn't it go into the sewer when you take a shower anyways?
depends on the house. Some are one way others are other way. Usually in cities all residential water goes to one pipe but rainwater (collected in street drains) goes to a different pipe.
What is the name of the song? Good show.
<strong>Back on the farm we had to haul our water we used for drinking and the well held 900 gallons. It was about 6-7 ft wide and about 8-9 ft deep approx. I just remember how cool the temp was when we drained it and cleaned it occaisionally.</strong><br/>We dug another well, 7 ft by 14 ft. This well had a separate pump in our basement and in the well itself. The one in the well was used to water the garden. Here's where it gets interesting.<br/><br/>I designed a forced air system to force the warm/hot humid air into the well and let it condensate from the cooler temperature inside being below the dewpoint. Here we have humidity between 80-100% in the summer, especially in droughts. A 2 inch dia. PVC pipe 20 ft long set in the ground, without forced air will strip 1100 gallons of water a day at 50% humidity. The pump inside the well made sure it never got within 6 ft of the top to allow room for the forced air to condense. A pipe with 3/4 inch holes in it for drainage, was used to vent the forced air. A vented shed covered the well.<br/>This became our laundry water, shower water, and toilet water. In the winter we didn't get much water and had to use what we hauled in most of the time. Not enough humidity and the dewpoint simply didn't exist unless it snowed.<br/>We began to also drain our gutter water into that well when it rained, We also dumped snow into it if there was enough to deal with, to help keep the water cold and the ground so that when warmer weather came, it was cool enough to condense the humidity. We later dug another well to take the overflow so we reduced our demand to haul water even more.<br/><br/>You've got a good idea here and every little bit helps when we work collectively to achieve things like this. No matter how big or small your savings create. When we moved into town, we dug a 4 ft by 30 ft well, when the cops tried to give us a ticket during a watering ban and we were watering the garden, we showed them the entire system and that it was not connected to the city water at all. No ticket resulted.<strong></strong><br/>
Hi extraordinary1, Would you be willing to do an instructable of your system? I'm considering offgridding and this system you described would certainly lighten my alternate water load. I would be grateful for anything you would share. Thank you in advance!
<strong>Yes I would be glad to make an instructable regarding this project. I am working with a couple of other guys helping me achieve my projects. This project is included in our plans. So, as we build another system, we will create a new instructable specifically for this, and much more. Even distill our water for consumption uses. Taking this project one step beyond what I have done before. Watch for it. Not exactly sure how long it will take to complete at this point, we're making plans right now to work collectively on several projects I have, that they are interested in.</strong><br/>
That is fantastic! :) Please keep me up to date on your progress! Thank you ever so much!
lulz you need to scrub your bathtub!
gray water to tilet water, genius, 5 stars!
I wonder if anyone here has ever pooped on the shower floor and mashed it into a liquid with their foot?
that's actually one way in which astronauts recycle their fluids
I cant view the video, but I already use wasted water to flush my toilet. I keep a large watercooler waterbottle next to my sink & shower/tub with a deep funnel on top. ANd use an old pitcher to fill it up with the water that would otherwise get wasted while I waited for the water to get hot. Note: the waterbottle has a handle on the side for easy pouring.
Dude, you have a mold & mildew problem. You should probably fix that.
I actually painted it black to make it look like mold and mildew, it's art
Suuuuure you did. ;)