Campaigning to Save Water via Half Flushing Technique

7 May



Our cities are reeling under severe water crisis and probably Bangalore city is the worst hit. As a Bangalorean who is also involved in activities related to managing water and electricity in our apartment society, I know how difficult things are getting when it comes to the water situation in the garden city of India.

Bangalore’s current supply of water from its utilities board (BWSSB) is good enough to meet only 50% of its demand and the ground water is depleting fast. The fact that even a 1000ft deep bore well doesn’t seem to find any water in certain places explains our current plight. The case is not too different in many other parts of India.

In the past, we had undertaken multiple interventions in our community to save water using various available technologies. This included, installing water saving aerators in faucets, shower heads etc and also (non-technical) lifestyle changes of saving water via restricting car wash frequency, drip irrigation methodologies for gardening etc. However, one of the biggest spend item that’s not addressed so far is how we use our toilet flushes.

Like in the case of many 10+ year old apartments in India, even we do not have water saving dual flush toilets installed in our flats. This means that every flush spends roughly 8 litres of water and each person does 8 to 12 such flushes every day. The important thing here is that up to 8 flushes a day are typically used for disposing our liquid waste (urine mainly). This is where, I think, there’s a huge opportunity to save water.

In order to flush out urine, one just needs to spend 3-4 litres of water or half of what your toilet flush can dispense per flush. While dual flushes address this problem, majority of our toilets are still not dual flush type. Hence, we need to manually do a half-flush while flushing liquid waste and this is exactly the aim of this campaign (non-commercial) that I am trying to run.

Dear friends, please watch the following video and make sure that it reaches your contacts living in the Indian cities – especially apartment dwellers. We together can save millions of litres of water via disciplined measures such as half flushing technique. Typically, one can save up to 15% on your overall water consumption via this method alone. Hence please act today!

If the video doesn’t appear on this page, please click this direct link

And, if someone is interested in knowing about numerous practical ways to save water and cut down on your water bill, please feel free to contact me. This is completely free and I have no business intent whatsoever when it comes to conservation of water.

3 Responses to “Campaigning to Save Water via Half Flushing Technique”

  1. Praveen Pai 07. May, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    Very good initiative. Easy to practice. I follow a very simple rule. “If its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down.” :)

  2. Arun Basil Lal 08. May, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Thankfully we do not have a problem with water yet, but we are still careful with water a lot. Mom collects water she uses for dish washing (especially the second rinsing once the soap is gone) to water plants. All toilets have direct flushes without the flush tank, so its easier to save water there..

    Good initiative Ajith. Hopefully we can survive this drought.

    • Ajith Prasad Edassery 14. May, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

      Thanks Arun. Do you have a well at home? Or is it piped water from Municipality? If it’s a well, try doing some rain water harvesting this year on using the rain water from your terrace, may be as a hobby project ;) You may never ever face water problem again.

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