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Gemma
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PostSubject: Water Saving ideas   Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:26 am

With water being in short supply especially down in the south I was thinking about ways to economise.

I remembered the water saving toilets I saw in Japan. The cistern lid was a washbasin, so when you flushed the toilet the cistern filled via the washbasin where you could wash your hands. A great idea but I have never seen any water saving tiolets in Indonesia.



Has anyone ever seen these toilets here or have any other good water saving tips?
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PostSubject: Sinkpositive   Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:33 am

Hi. I live in Tokyo and know what you are talking about. Actually I investigated this a year ago while living in Canada. There is a company that sells an item called Sinkpositive. You can buy that top part at the back with the tap and sink and install it on your own toilet. Its not expensive, but I have not tried it yet. Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Water Saving ideas   Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:51 pm

I guess it would have to fit the cistern you have in place already.......

Not to mention the rest......
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PostSubject: Re: Water Saving ideas   Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:36 am

Australia being always short on water there are lots of water saving devices and tips. Of course, many don't apply to Lombok (like tips on operating dishwashers!).

Flow restrictors are a great way to reduce the water you use in the kitchen and bathroom. You can reduce the rate to 9 litres per hour or less. If you also fit an aerator to the tap in the kitchen you will hardly notice a difference.

In the kitchen:
Don't wash dishes under running water, use a plug and wash in the sink.
Don't use running water to do anything - like peel or wash vegetables etc. Either plug the sink and put a bit of water in there, or if your sink is large, use a small basin filled with water while preparing food to rinse the vegetables.

One that might work for Lombok, assuming you use a shower and not a mandi/chadok:
Put a flow restrictor on the shower. You can save up to 10 litres per hour. If you use water saving shower heads, the 'pressure' will still be good.
Turn off the shower when you are not using the water (to soap and wash)
Use a shower timer to remind you that you've been in there long enough.
Put a bucket in the shower to collect the grey water, and then re-use that on the garden.

When using water, pretend to yourself that you just had to cart it 10kms up a hill. It makes it much more precious in your mind and you will automatically waste less. Laughing
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PostSubject: another water saving idea   Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:21 am

i have looked into foot pedals for operating kitchen and bathroom taps. there do exist but are expensive, i dont know why. but I bet an indonesian plumber could make an inexpensive one and it would be good to put money in his pocket.
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PostSubject: Toilet Basin Combo   Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:54 am

Hi Gemma,
Purchased one of these about 18 months ago when they were first released paid about $600 AUS. We live in the country & only have tank water. 5 star water rating and about 2.5 litre average per flush. Wonderful water saver and just about to install another one.
Notice they are now about $800 AUS (very popular) but definately worth it.
They are made by Caroma in Australia - may want to check to see if any Indonesian companies import these. No problem to install same as normal toilet.
Cheers, Deb.
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PostSubject: Re: Water Saving ideas   Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:47 pm

Thanks Deb. At the moment though that is quite out of our price range!

We are hoping to do some renovations to Mimpi Manis this year - maybe the cisterns are something we can look at next year - budget allowing. Also as they get more popular maybe the prices will come down...
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PostSubject: Re: Water Saving ideas   Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:57 pm

Here is sinkpositive. You put it on your exhisting toilet and its only $109 US. http://sinkpositive.com/site/shop
I bet a clever indonesian plumber could make one himself cheaper.
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