Eco-plumbing: Protecting Water in Bathroom

We know that good working taps and cistern helps not to waste a single drop in vain, and the shower in this respect is much more environmentally friendly than a bath. Manufacturers of sanitary ware are also thinking about saving the Earth resources, and offer new developments, which you can't help using. Our advices will help you to choose the "right" toilets, faucets, and other gadgets that cherish the water themselves.

"Economical" plumbing is marked with special labels. The label usually indicates the degree of eco-efficiency, that is, how many liters of water per minute is spent when using, for example, a mixer. There are several classification systems in the world - WELL label, Water label, Water Rating.

Такие этикетки говорят о том, что сантехника будет беречь воду

Firms are required to validate regularly the data provided to retain their right to call their production "water saving". Does such a feature influence the cost? In general, yes, because the most "advanced" European sanitary ware is produced by the brands Grohe, Roca, Noken. However, in the future it will pay for itself, because you will need to pay less for the water. And personal contribution to the future of the planet is worth it.

Toilet. You've surely heard about the toilet tank with two buttons. Pressing the smaller of them, you wash off the toilet twice less water than in a usual mode. But all is not so simple. This modern tank itself does not guarantee savings - flush toilet system and the form must also be a special one to make every time a strong whirlpool. Only then the cup will be effectively cleaned even in eco-mode.

Бачок с двумя кнопками должен иметь специальную смывную систему

By the way, in St. Petersburg is currently undergoing the testing of the latest development - the toilet bowl without cistern, which saves three times more water than European eco-models. The author of the idea Valery Guryanov is Honoured Inventor of the USSR. Prototypes have already been installed in several city facilities.

Mixer tap. About 12 liters per minute is consumed when using conventional mixers. Water saving models can help to reduce its quantity for more than two times. For example, due to built-in limiters. Single-lever faucets are equipped with on-off switching system: in the normal position only 50% of the maximum flow is served and to increase the flow you need to lift the lever even higher, breaking the point of emphasis.

Рычажный смеситель позволяет закрыть кран одним движением

Sensor faucets equipped with a sensor based on a photocell also help water saving. The water is turned on only when it catches the movement. Spin valves or lift lever is not necessary, and the water temperature must be configured previously with a special valve. The device operates with the help of a battery or from the AC outlet. Besides, now on sale there are the wonders of technology - the digital mixers. They allow you to program the pressure, temperature and duration of the water fluid in accordance with your personal views upon the economy.

Shower. The most common technique that turns the shower head into water-saving is aeration. In some models, air enters the funnel through an opening in the center, and is mixed with water.

Аэратор: все дело – в волшебных пузырьках!

As a result, one liter of water is mixed with three liters of air. Thus we save a vital resource, and the wash stays comfortable as bubbles ad volume to the drop, and the power of the flow is not reduced.

Смесители с термостатами часто имеют функцию ограничения потока

In addition, thermostatic mixers are ideal for the shower. Through them, the water can be turned off for a while, for example, to lather head, and after turning on, the water temperature will be the same as before.

Sink. In the UK, the island nation, have been saving water for a long time, and used to wash, drawing water into the sink. Therefore, in many homes and hotels in the bathroom you will not see the mixer - only two taps protruding from the wall, with cold and hot water, and plug on a chain. Open, pour, wash. The main argument in favor is about 6 liters per minute pouring from the tap, when the amount of water in the sink, as a rule, is twice less.

Умываться прямо из раковины? Пожалуй, нет

However, it is difficult to get used to this method, and it is no wonder that tourists from Russia sometimes even try to build improvised mixers, just to wash with the jet of water. But in principle, the plug in the sink is useful also for us. For example, to accustom yourselves to close the tap while brushing your teeth. You didn't shut? Then water poured on the floor. And also you can wash fruits and vegetables in the kitchen in the same way.

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