3Rs: Environmental Instrument for Water Conservation

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Who says the global environmental protection program — reducing, reusing and recycling (3Rs) — is limited to solid wastes? With the imminent threat of water scarcity, there has been a heightened call for drought solution as well as water conservation and treatment. It is time to apply the 3Rs of waste management to water consumption.

Reduce

Ashton Tucker Water Treatment, an expert in wastewater process equipment, reiterates that everyone should make an effort to conserve water. Make sure faucets aren’t running unattended. Do not let water supplies spill and overflow. Make it a habit to gather and collect all your gray water. This can include water used in the bath tub, the water used to wash your clothes, and so forth. You can save it for water treatment and future use. Little things like so make a huge difference when accumulated.

Reuse

As part of the water conservation program, we are advised to maximize gray water by reusing it. For example, you can use wastewater from doing laundry to flush your toilet. You can wipe dirt from your window, with the same water source. Another example is collecting rainwater for purposes such as gardening, washing your car or watering plants.

The U.S. government is encouraging residents and building owners to collect rainwater and reuse it. Financial incentives or water bill discounts await homeowners or businesses that reuse rainwater.

Recycle

Advanced technology already provided us with wastewater process equipment. It recycles and treats gray water for recycling. These types of equipment have become prominent with the promotion of water conservation. Treating wastewater not only prevents water shortage. It also saves homeowners from high water bills. The EPA has already allowed direct potable reuse of treated wastewater as drinking water. Note, however, that the treatment system — may it be run at home or municipal and industrial plants — have to pass the required water safety level.

The 3Rs of water conservation would not only benefit a household, a business or a community. Remember that these efforts have long-term impacts worldwide. Always remember that water shortage and drought is a global problem. As such, saving water has become an obligation, not an option.