Toilets

Leaks Leaks are often silent, allowing a loss of water to go undetected for long periods of time. Some toilets may produce a running water sound that is easy to hear. Some leaks are visible as a small trickle running from the rim to the water in the bowl. The average leaky toilet can waste [...]

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Faucets

Leaks Water losses caused by dripping faucets can range from several gallons to hundreds of gallons of water per day. Faucets left in the open running position waste from several hundred to several thousand gallons of water per day. Check faucets regularly for leaks at the faucet head and seepage at the base and its [...]

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Bath & Showers

Low-volume showerheads By timing your shower to less than five minutes and installing low-flow showerheads, you can save water. The older the showerhead, the more water it uses. New showerheads deliver 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Older fixtures can deliver as high as eight gallons per minute. Pressures have been adjusted to the [...]

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Bathroom Tips

Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only one-third full. The initial burst of cold water will be warmed by the hot water as the tub fills. In the shower, turn the water on to get wet, turn off to lather up, then [...]

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Laundry Tips

Several conservation practices can reduce the amount of water used when washing clothes: For washers with variable settings for water volume, select the minimum amount required per load. If load size cannot be set, operate the washer with full loads only. Use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled loads. Normal and permanent press wash [...]

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Additional Tips

Operate the dishwasher only when you have a full load. When purchasing a dishwasher, consider a water-efficient model. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water and fill the rinsing sink to one-third or one-half full. Avoid letting the water run continuously in the rinsing sink. The kitchen sink disposals [...]

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What is a Septic System?

The septic tank serves as a settling basin where solids accumulate and gradually get broken down by bacterial action. Some of the solid waste is actually liquefied by this 'natural bacterial decomposition," however the rest of the waste accumulates in the bottom as a layer of sludge. Additionally, a small percentage of this, waste (mostly [...]

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How Does a Septic System Work?

The population living in metropolitan areas (who have never had the pleasure of maintaining a septic system, or who have never experienced waddling in their leach field, or even had the experience of pumping out their systems) simply flush their toilets and "away go troubles down the drain." Those of us living in more rural [...]

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Design of a Septic System Tank

Although designs vary, most septic tanks consist of a watertight, below ground, the tank that has one or two manhole covers (buried a few inches below ground) to provide access for cleaning and inspection. Effluent from the house flows into the tank through an inlet pipe near the top on one side. It flows out [...]

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Components of Sewage Treatment Systems

A typical household sewage treatment system consists of a house sewer, septic tank, distribution box and absorption field or seepage pit. House Sewer - The pipeline connecting the house and drain and the septic tank. Septic Tank - Untreated liquid household wastes (sewage) will quickly clog your absorption field if not properly treated. The septic [...]

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