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Introducing The AQUS Water Saving System

August 12, 2008 by  

Aqus Water System

Flushing a toilet is one of those things that you’ll probably do a couple times a day for the rest of your life. Multiply that by the three other people in your house, and if you do the math, you’ll know that it can add up to quite a bit of flushing! As a matter of fact, our bathrooms account for roughly 74% of total water usage, and to really put it in perspective, 40% of all domestic water consumed is used to flush toilets.

Now that we’ve established just how much water is being used each day in America to flush toilets, you’ll know why the good people at WaterSaverTech.com have brilliantly constructed the ultimate way to go green in your home – the AQUS water saving system.

AQUS uses water from your bathroom sink to flush your toilet. Just take a minute and think about how much your bathroom sink is used (hand washing, shaving, brushing teeth, etc…). All that water you’re putting down the drain can be filtered and strategically moved to a reservoir that’s used to flush your toilet – saving the average two person household around 10-20 gallons per day, or 5000 gallons a year. Four person household – even better!

The AQUS is easy to install, it’s hidden from view, tightly tucked inside the vanity below your sink, and works in conjunction with standard bathroom pipes. Filters are in place to prevent hair and other particles from entering the resovoir, and purification tablets are also used to control bacteria. So it’s a neat and clean operation that will really make an impact on your water bill, and more importantly – the world.

Check out these statistics, reported by EPA’s Office of Water:

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water, more than 4.8 billion gallons of water is flushed down U.S. toilets each day. The American Water Works Association estimates that if water–saving features were installed in every U.S. household, water use would decrease by 30 percent. That would reduce daily water used by about 5.4 billion gallons, resulting in $113 million dollar–volume savings a day.

So if you’re genuinely trying to make an impact on our world by saving energy and living more “green”, then this would be an affordable, money saving, and environmentally perfect way to go green today. That’s the cool thing about living greener – usually there are steps you can take this very instant to do your part. The AQUS is no exception, and I highly recommend you head over to their site for more information.

Cheers to WaterSaverTech for selling such a brilliant device :)

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6 Responses to “Introducing The AQUS Water Saving System”

  1. kamikaze.cockroach on August 13th, 2008 12:05 am

    Why not just build the sink over the toilet tank? It seems to work for the Japanese.
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/main/archives/2005_1_18_toilet.jpg

  2. Greener Buyer on August 13th, 2008 1:23 am

    @ kamikaze – Very cool pic! I’ve never seen one of those before. Thanks for sharing!

  3. nhuong on August 14th, 2008 9:07 pm

    @kamikaze

    nice! but it’s kind of awkward to wish your hand. wouldn’t it? you have to spread your leg between the toilet…….

    I like this AQUS water saving system idea better.

  4. SolReka on August 15th, 2008 8:31 am

    Great post, beautifully laid out blog also. Nice to see blogs raise the benchmark. Too many blogs which talk about blogging for my liking, so it’s a pleasure to come across your site.

    Regarding the AQUS, the answer is much much simpler than this, it also requires NO outlay of money.

    1) Place a house brick in the cistern – this replaces approx 1-2 litres of water by volume. Don’t worry the contents of your toilet will still get flushed away. Try it.

    2) Use the motto – if it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s yellow, let it mellow

    These simple tips WILL reduce your water consumption drastically.

    Loving your blog, keep up the great work

    Regards
    SolReka
    Brighter Energy Solutions

  5. Greener Buyer on August 15th, 2008 7:35 pm

    @SolReka – Thanks for all the compliments about the blog – I know what you mean in that there are wayyy too many blogs about making money or blogging itself.

    Anyway, on to your points – FANTASTIC! Wonderful, and especially humorous ideas that would actually work!

    “if it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s yellow, let it mellow” I lol’ed for hours from this…it’s gotta be my new saying!!

    All the best to you :)

  6. Bruce Broderick on January 2nd, 2009 6:24 am

    Upon first inspection of the Aqus it seemed to be fairly well thought out. There are a lot of parts that are specialty parts that have been built overseas. During the installation I encountered problems with the rocker device that fits inside the toilet tank. I called Water Saver Tech and got Mark Saunders (the inventor) on the line. After discribing the illfitting part to him, he told me that I probably got ahold of some old stock and promptly sent me a newly designed rocker assembly. A week later, after recieving the new part and assebling the unit I can say that it worked. (sort of). There are electrical points that go inside the toilet tank that are exposed to moisture. These points activate the pump when the water level drops in the toilet tank. They will need regular attention. This design error is exaserbated by the chlorine in the water that causes most metal parts to corrode quickly. This coats the points and causes them to not make a good contact.
    Secondly, the only way that the toilet bowl can fill is if that water comes from the fresh water fill of the toilet. So you are only really saving about 3/4 of a gallon per flush. The fresh water going into the bowl gives the impression that the water entering the tank is fairly clean, but it’s really pretty funky because there is virtually no filtration of the water coming from the sink. This means that your toilet flapper is going to need to be cleaned about once a week.
    The biggest design flaw in this product is the use of 3″ chlorine tablets placed in the drain line to disenfect the sink water as it goes to the storage tank. When the water passes over the chlorine tablets it creates chlorine gas. This chlorine gas comes up through the drain pipe and stings your nostrels pretty good. Since there is no sink trap between the sink and the tank there is nothing to keep the gas from escaping back into the bathroom. That isn’t the biggest danger though. The biggest danger is if someone is cleaning the bathroom and inadvertantly pours a cleaner containing a significant amount of ammonia down the sink. Guess what? CHLOROFORM GAS!!! For those of you that aren’t aware of household chemical rules 101, Don’t mix chlorine and ammonia, this is what happens. Chlorofom gas is created from the mixture of chlorine bleach and household ammonia. If you inhale modest amounts of chloroform gas you will be rendered unconscious and your breathing passeges will be permanently damaged. If you remain in the area you could die, but don’t ever sign up for another marathon race.
    I don’t want to harp on this too much, but the swimming pool chlorine that is sent with this product is designed to be totally submerged under water. i.e. swimming pool chlorine. From what I have read in the EPA regulations for hazardous materials, there are heavy fines and imprisonment for using this type of chlorine for anything other than what it is designed for. (swimming pools). This has to do with the fact that when this product is not totally submerged, it creates large amounts of gas that are intended to be entrained in water, not breathed.
    The product is however usefull if you don’t follow the instructions with the chlorine. You will have to pour something like peroxide down the sink every couple of days to kill the lively bacteria and odor that go along with them
    .

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