Toilet Top Sinks: Good For You And The Environment

In your never-ending quest to reduce your water bills and your water usage, you are always on the lookout for new devices or methods. A simple and truly effective addition to your home is the toilet-top sink. By having one installed, you stop wasting your "greywater," which allows you to reduce your clean water usage in a convenient and affordable way.


Greywater is water that has been "used" but is not significantly contaminated. Water that comes from your washing machine, your sinks, and your bathtub is considered greywater. Basically, any used water that has not come into contact with human waste is given this name.  Although it has dirt, grease, and hair in it, greywater can be used for a number of tasks, including watering your lawn, irrigating your garden, and flushing your stool. You are ignoring a valuable resource when you fail to use some water twice.


The mechanics of this system are simple.  A small sink can be built on top of the toilet tank. The clean water that usually goes into the tank is connected to the faucet. After you have washed your hands, the water drains into the tank. When the tank is supplemented with greywater, you obviously use less water overall. In addition, the only real inconvenience is that you have to turn on the faucet while you flush the stool. You will need to keep your regular bathroom sink simply because the toilet tank sink is too small for all of your hygiene needs. Still, handwashing uses quite a bit of water during the course of a day, so you do significantly reduce your water usage.


In addition to being kinder to the environment, particularly during times of drought, the toilet sink offers you real savings. The average American uses 24 gallons of water every day simply flushing the toilet. Experts estimate that the cost per day per person is 4.8 cents. For a family of four, that amount adds up. Imagine the financial impact if millions of Americans reduced their water usage by installing a toilet sink. For most American families, every bit of savings adds up. 

A toilet sink is something that you can easily have installed in nearly any bathroom. Contact your plumbing professional, like those at Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling or a similar location, for an estimate on how much the job will cost you. The addition of this fixture is one simple way you can reduce your water usage, saving you money while you help the environment.