What is a Zero Water-Use Home?

What is a net zero water home? In the past, homeowners could use cisterns to capture rainwater. Many used wells to get water into their homes for everyday use and drinking. Circumstances are a little different now. However, the idea of a zero water-use home is not so outlandish. It’s just another option to consider when you build a new custom home or remodel or add on to your existing home.

Replacing Plumbing Appliances

The first step towards a net zero water-use home is to replace older appliances with newer, energy efficient models. Faucets, taps, fixtures, toilets and shower appliances must be switched out for modern versions. Even dishwashers and washing machines may need replacement, depending on the homeowner’s commitment to limiting water use.

It is also a good idea to have a plumber check out the home to ensure that leaks are resolved. Much of the water waste from a home is in the form of leaks. They are rarely spotted unless they become bad enough to disrupt water flow into parts of the house.

A Zero Water-Use Home Begins With Capturing Rainwater

Getting rainwater through the roof is not a huge challenge. However, the amount captured will depend on the area where a family lives and the size of their roof. For instance, a 1,600 square-foot roof in parts of the United States could result in roughly 35,000 gallons of water being captured. That is around a third of the water used by the average American family in a year.

The water flows down a special drainage system into one or two massive storage tanks. The water is then passed through various filters and disinfectants to ensure that it is ready for use. That water passes into the faucets and showers of the home, ensuring sustainable use.

Such projects are complicated and potentially expensive. But they also provide long-term cost savings. Moreover, and most importantly, they ensure the overall water use in a home is as close to net zero as possible.

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