Water Conservation

Catch basins and rain barrels can collect storm water runoff from roofs that can then be used as irrigation for landscaping. Also low-flow fixtures and aerators or dual-flush toilets can increase water efficiency. "Grey water" systems which reuse rinse water from sinks and washing machines in toilets and for landscaping also conserve water.

Catch Basin at the "Smart Home: Green and Wired" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Photo by Cheryl Rusnak.

Water cistern at the "Smart Home: Green and Wired" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Photo by Cheryl Rusnak.