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You can save water in your shower several ways. The obvious one is to take shorter showers, but by fitting low-flow attachments to your shower, you can save an amazing amount of water, saving money and energy in the bargain.

You want figures? OK, a low-flow shower head will save around
3,000 gallons of water for each person every year!

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Water Treatment


Water treatment is a part of our everyday life that we may not give much thought to. Where does our water go after it goes down the drain? Is it damaging the earth in any way? There are many questions around urban wastewater treatment, and we hope to give you some useful information to help you better understand how water treatment systems work!

What is a Water Treatment System?

Water treatment is a process that makes water suitable for use or for returning it back to its home (such as a lake, ocean, or river). Respectively, water is required to be treated before and after it is used! However, depending on what the water was used for, methods of treatment can differ.

The different methods for treating water depend on two types of water. One is called greywater, which is the water that runs from baths, dishes, and washing. The second type is called black water which is the less sanitary type that’s run from toilets.

All water treatments aim to remove solids, bacteria, algae, plants, inorganic & organic substances.  This is done through filtration and sediment separation. To remove harmful pollutants, the process of bacteria digestion is an important part of the treatment system. This is how we turn water into acceptable drinking water.

Drinking Water in Victoria, B.C.

In Victoria, B.C., drinking water comes from the Sooke Reservoir. The watershed is surrounded by forest which provides a certain amount of source water protection. The water is treated with three processes: Ultraviolet light is used to inactivate parasites, free chlorine is used to kill viruses and other bacteria, and finally chloramine is used to prolong a chlorine residual in the distribution system. No fluoride or other harsh chemicals are used during the treatment process—making it a fairly environmentally friendly system.

Sustainable Water Treatment

Although Victoria, B.C. doesn’t have a severely damaging footprint on the earth from its energy uses for the water treatment system, they could definitely be improving! Victoria could take a lesson or two from the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)—a wastewater treatment plant located in Rhinebeck, New York.

Firstly, the operations at the OCSL are powered completely by solar and geothermal energy. Secondly, the OCSL does not use any chemicals to treat the water. Instead, they try to mimic nature’s processes such as using a combination of plans, algae, gravel and sand filtration systems, and microorganisms to treat the water and make the water acceptable for use or for going back into its natural habitat. Their process allows nature to work in harmony to remove toxins and break down nutrients to give life to plants that continue the cycle of cleansing such as removing odorous gases.

What makes OCSL even more admirable is their commitment to teaching others how to live in harmony with nature. CEO Skip Backus says, “The OSCL is a dynamic, living and breathing demonstration of how interconnected we all are with the world around us.” He continues, “Our goal is to help people reexamine how they relate to the world by showing them what’s possible in terms of environmental sustainability, green energy, and regenerative design.”

In order to guarantee a sustainable future, we need to start looking at places like the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Implementing greener practices will help us to reduce our environmental impact, and teach us more about how we are all connected to the earth and that we need to work with nature, not against it.

Reduce Water Usage in Your Home



It is estimated that the average person uses 80-100 gallons of water per day. That’s a lot of water, and interestingly enough, the highest usage source has been traced back to toilet flushing! We need water to survive, and when it gets hot and droughts arise, it is even more important to conserve water.  After some thorough research, we’ve put together a list of tips that you can practice at home to help the planet while also helping your bank account!

  • Check your faucets and pipes. If even a small leak is occurring, it can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day! Think about how much bigger leaks could waste.
  • Don’t forget about your toilets! Sustainable living website provides a test that you can easily do to check for leaks. Put some food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a cigarette butt dispenser or wastebasket. Every time you flush, 5-7 gallons of water is wasted! You would be better off to just use a regular trash bin or other appropriate means.
  • Insulate your pipes. This is a sure way to lower your utility bill! Hot water will be delivered faster, plus you won’t be wasting water while you wait for it to heat up.
  • Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage garburators. These garbage disposal units require lots of water to operate correctly, while also adding pounds of solids to a septic tank which can lead to further problems. Start using a composting system as an alternate way of disposing of food waste.
  • Take shorter showers. Instead of letting the shower run while you are soaping up, try shutting off the tap while you soap up, shampoo, and condition, etc. Only turn on the tap when you need to rinse. Voila, shorter showers without skimping on your routine.
  • If you have a green thumb, try putting in a layer of mulch in your garden. Mulch slows evaporation of moisture and discourages weed growth! Adding bark mulch will increase the ability of the soil to retain moisture, and could eventually lead to you not having to do any extra watering, even during the hot weather months!
  • Water your garden during the early parts of the day. Watering during the early morning reduces water loss due to evaporation. Early morning is also generally better than later evening since it helps prevent the growth of fungus.
  •  Don’t keep the hose running while washing your car. Use a pail of soapy water instead. According to, this simple practice can save as much as 150 gallons when washing a car.


Water is a finite resource. Everyone should be more aware of these practices and make them part of their daily lives. Water conservation at home is one of the easiest measures to put in place, and does wonders for the planet. Try contacting your local plumber to see what other options there are for devices you can install in your home to help save even more water!



Green Plumber Tips

Your water heater is probably set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can reset it lower to 120 degrees and still have all the benefits.

However, your water heating costs will drop by up to 10% and the environment will benefit from lower energy consumption.