Much has been said about the need to conserve water. The brilliant of minds have proposed some really amazing solutions in the context. The biggest countries have debated and argued over the subject at the grandest of podiums. But as complex as everything surrounding the “worry” has been made to be, let’s be honest, the greater part of the solution lies in practicing the simplest.
Believe it or not but saving water at home is arguably the most effective and practical strategy to stop our lands, lakes, rivers, and oceans from going dry.
Many of us use wastewater at homes thoughtlessly and needlessly—real talk!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S household wastewater in excess of a trillion gallons annually.
In. Excess. Of. A. Trillion. Gallons.
That’s about equal to:
- The capacity of Lake Okeechobee
- Twenty-four billion baths and forty million swimming pools
To better understand where, when and how much YOUR home wastes water, take a look at the following:
In the Kitchen
Washing dishes by hand consumes about 27 gallons of water per average load. In comparison, washing the same load in a dishwasher consumes less than 5 gallons of water.
- The takeaway:By simply changing your dishwashing habits, you can save up to 22 gallons of water per load wash.
A leaky (dripping) kitchen faucet wastes up to 3000 gallons of water a year. That’s enough water to take 180 showers!
- The takeaway: Make sure all your kitchen faucets are turned off when not in use. If there’s a faucet that’s leaking, contact a professional plumber near you to get it fixed immediately.
In the Bathroom
Older toilets use almost 3 gallons of water with every flush. Modern, water-saving toilets, use as little at 1 gallon of water.
- The takeaway:By installing a water-saving toilet in your bathroom, you can save up to 2 gallons of water per flush.
Running toilets can waste up to 500 gallons of water a day. In most cases, these leaks happen because of worn-out flappers.
- The takeaway:By replacing your toilet’s worn-out flappers, you can conserve up to 500 gallons of water a day.
A showerhead leaking at 10 drips/minute wastes over 500 gallons of water a year. That’s enough water to wash 100 loads of dishes!
- The takeaway:By fixing a leaking showerhead, you can save up to 500 gallons of water a year.
To effectively save and conserve water, we must first start from our own home. And then focus on working on more complex, larger-scale projects.
The author of this post is an active member of blogging community at Your 1 Plumber. His company specializes in handling all aspects of home plumbing, including but not limited to, kitchen plumbing, bathroom plumbing, toilet repair and water heater repair. Visit the company’s website for more information.