Water conservation has become one of the most challenging problems that our society is dealing with right now. The alarming rate at which clean, accessible water is depleting, it raises grave concern on how close we are to running out of water and towards a declining civilization. It has been decades that modern society has not turned heads to why water conservation should be the prime focus despite a clear visibility on what this precious resource holds for our today and tomorrow. From individual health, to maintaining the flow of nature, to industrial and economic health, water truly is the glue to our existence. With rapid urbanization depleting the resources further, our only resort for a future is to save water for housing societies now- from Source to Tab.
In this article, we will delve into a few tips on water saving that can be easily practiced in your housing societies and will prove to be life saving for generations to come.
1. Prevent Overflow of water
Water overflowing in the water tanks is a common sight in Indian houses. In fact every year in India, approximately 580,937,500,000 litres of water is wasted due to tank overflow. This accounts to more than 30% of total water wasted, simply because of ignorance. But did you also know?
Overflow of water does not only waste it, but also causes damage to your plumbing system and construction integrity. Moreso, it also results in energy wastage ultimately leading to additional cost in our electricity bill.
While with every drop wasted, we as a population are drawing us near to our existential crisis, more often than not this overflow is a result of our or the watchman’s negligence. The person responsible for tank filling might switch ON the pump but forget to switch it OFF, causing the tank to overflow without anyone knowing. This human error, even though unavoidable, forms the major part of water wastage in housing societies.
However, in the technologically driven age we live in, there is a solution to preventing human error causing water wastage. Waltr has just the products under its belt that truly stand for Source to Tab water saving. Starting with its water level monitor that measures and shows water level of a water tank in realtime and calculates inflow - outflow, to motor controller that automates your motor and ensures the user never runs out of water and never tank overflows and borewell scheduler which helps you schedule your borewells at custom time intervals and in multiple numbers of schedules as per your needs, the product catalogue is for every housing society with sustainable water management needs.
2. Manage the pressure of water flowing
It might sound slightly unusual, but by reducing the pressure of water flowing in the pipes and taps, you can actually help with water consumption and reduce its wastage. Typically, in housing societies the overhead tank is filled to its brim and it gets refilled as the water level goes low, so that the people never run out of water. However, in times of water shortage, it is a novel idea to have the tank filled with 60-70% of its capacity rather than the usual 100%. But, what difference will it make? As the overhead tank is not filled to its full capacity, the pressure in pipes and taps would run low, and the water that you might consume for kitchen or bathing purposes, in the same duration as usual would be less. Waltr’s water level monitor is the perfect tech to adopt in such a situation as it will give you the exact data of tank capacity in real-time, making you control the capacity of water during its scarcity.
3. Create Water Awareness in the community
While you can practice all you know, as long as it is not preached as well, the point of saving water will be restricted to your household only. Serving this point, it is essential to spread awareness, be proactive and find ways to reduce the wastage of water in your community. This is the least we can do for the future of our generations. You can be active about such crucial issues in person in your housing societies, be vocal about it on social media platforms and indulge your children in the sustainable water management approach.
5. Reduce. Reuse and Recycle
Housing societies and the residents living in it can start by reducing their daily usage of water wherever possible. From washing dishes, brushing, shaving, washing clothes without leaving the tap open to using less water for bathing, washing cars, watering plants, reducing water usage can be done in multiple ways at home. Rainwater harvesting as part of reusing water has become a household term now, all contributions to the years of water wastage resulting in a crisis situation across the globe. And, without doubt, this is the quickest, one of the easiest and the natural way of conserving water. Housing societies can simply store rainwater in tanks and use it for watering plants, flushing toilets etc. You can even harvest rain water through borewells, recharge pits and have it recycled for your daily water requirements.
6. Water saving and management technology
The technology in our world has reached a stage where if you have the will to save water, you can find just the right tech to do it. Waltr designed its products with the conscious decision of preserving and sustainably managing its most precious resource- Water. From its water level monitor, to motor controller and borewell scheduler, the products cater to water management, energy saving, increasing equipment longevity and saving cost incurred to you.
➢ Waltr A Water Level Monitor: Installed on your water tank or sump, the water level monitor is a smart device that communicates to your wifi network. To make sure you never run out of water, it continuously measures the water level in the tank. This wireless, weather-resistant device may be used from any location and keeps the water system functioning properly.
➢ Waltr C Motor Controller: When installed alongside Waltr A, the Water Motor Controller interacts with the device in real-time to automatically turn on and off the motor at desired water levels.
➢ Waltr B Borewell Scheduler: The Borewell Scheduler can be fitted in the starter panel to monitor and ensure that your motor is in good condition. Continuous use of the motor causes its health to deteriorate considerably more quickly, but Waltr B prevents this from happening.
And while, you use this tips, also make sure to
Choose shower heads that consume less water, such as low-flow models.
Instead of using running water, wash fruits and veggies in a basin of water, then use that same water for gardening.
When you finish brushing your teeth, turn off the tap.
Fix any plumbing leaks right away.
Always put a full load of clothes in the washer.
To avoid water loss due to evaporation, always water your garden in the late evening.
Instead of using buckets of water to clean the automobile, use a wet cloth.
In India, housing societies tend to go easy on water because of the free and continuous availability. But as the world is nearing an unavoidable water crisis, putting our lives at stake, the need for sustainable water usage is not a choice but a necessity.
From deploying DIY tips to leveraging technology to prevent water wastage, there are a multitude of options the societies can opt for. Remember, every effort towards saving water is an effort towards saving our future.
For an innovative approach, consider WALTR's Smart Water Monitor, featured as the cutting-edge solution. Learn how this advanced device empowers housing societies with real-time insights, enhancing the effectiveness of the water-saving strategies outlined in our comprehensive guide.