Water is humanity’s most valuable resource, especially with more and more areas facing drought conditions. With the trend toward urbanization and the increasing global population, we’ve stressed groundwater supplies to the breaking point.
Like all conservation, however, small steps can go a long way toward conserving this precious resource and ensuring you have a greener footprint. Learn more about responsible water use and the many ways you can conserve water in your home.
A conventional shower head has a flow rate of five to eight gallons per minute, compared to a water-conserving unit that only uses 2.5 gallons per minute. Taking a shower that’s even one minute shorter has the potential to save thousands of gallons a year, and even more if you can shave a few minutes off of your shower.
Worn hardware in toilets can cause small, silent leaks that waste gallons of water each day. Though it may be small amounts at a time, these leaks add up and take a considerable toll on water resources. Fortunately, these are simple and cheap to fix, even if you’re not handy.
Check for leaks by putting dark food coloring in your tank. If you notice that color in the toilet bowl within 15 minutes, you likely have a leak in the tank.
Water Lawns on Demand
In addition to the water we use inside the home, the warm spring and summer months lead to significant water usage outside. Filling pools, using sprinklers and watering lawns and plants all use gallons of water on their own, and wind, evaporation, overwatering and irrigation systems can cause half of that water to go to waste anyway.
While you can’t control all of these, you can commit to only watering your lawn and plants when necessary. Turn off the automatic waterer and keep an eye on your lawn to determine the best time to water, or consider installing simple rainwater drainage that directs the flow to your garden and lawn.
Turn Off Water While Brushing Teeth
Most people run the sink water the entire time they’re brushing their teeth, which is incredibly wasteful and unnecessary. Five to eight gallons go directly down the drain in this time, which is multiplied by the number of people in your household and how frequently each person brushes their teeth. This can lead to thousands of gallons in a year.
Brushing your teeth only requires enough water to wet and clean your toothbrush, so be sure to use water only at the beginning and end to avoid wastefulness.
Conserve While Washing Dishes
If you wash dishes by hand, avoid using a running faucet. Instead, use an in-sink rack to load up soapy dishes and rinse as necessary to avoid water running down the drain.
If you have a dishwasher, use a short cycle whenever possible and skip the pre-rinse in the sink, which wastes extra water and isn’t necessary for clean dishes.
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In addition to all these small measures you can take to conserve water in your home, be sure to fix or replace old faucets and appliances to avoid leaks. You can also lower your water usage by upgrading your home water systems with water softeners or purifiers, which reduce the minerals and contaminants in your water supply and help your appliances use less water to get the job done.
At EcoWater Systems, we’re committed to responsible water use and helping homeowners live a greener life. Contact us today to learn more about our home water solutions!