Be Water Wise at Home!

Simple Living 101: Be Water Wise at Home

“You know not the worth of water ’til the well is dry.” English Proverb

Groundwater is being used at a rate 25% greater than its rate of replenishment. What’s more, as more pollutants spill into our water systems there will be even less clean, fresh water available for consumption.

Install a low-flow showerhead. Did you know that showers account for 32% of home water use? Low-flow showerheads deliver no more than 2.5 gallons per minute compared to standard showerheads, which release 4.5 gallons per minute. A family of four using low-flow showerheads can save an estimated 20,000 gallons of water per year!

Install an ultra-low-flush toilet or a toilet displacement device.About 40% of the water you use in your home gets flushed down the toilet. That amounts to more than 4 billion gallons of water in the U.S. each day! That’s why federal law now mandates that all new toilets installed for residential use be low-flush toilets. Conventional toilets generally use 3.5 to 5 gallons (sometimes more) of water per flush, while low-flush toilets use only 1.6 gallons of water or less. Not quite ready to install a new toilet? You can save more than 1 gallon of water per flush with a displacement device. A plastic bottle filled with water can be placed in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.

Install flow restrictor aerators. Placing flow restrictors inside faucets saves 3 to 4 gallons per minute when you turn on the tap. Of course, you can also help out by doing simple things such as not running water in the sink while soaping your face, shaving, or brushing your teeth.

Repair leaks. Fix leaky faucets as soon as possible. A dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons every day.

Use water wisely in everyday activities. Water is wasted more quickly than you might think. An open faucet lets about 5 gallons of water flow every 2 minutes. In the kitchen, you can save between 10 and 20 gallons of water a day by running the dishwasher only when it’s full. You can save even more by washing dishes by hand in a sink or dishpan containing water, rather than running the tap continuously as you scrub. Run only full loads of laundry through the washer. Take a shorter shower or turn off the showerhead while soaping to save water.

Resources on the Web:

Water Conservation Tips – from Mono Lake, CA
Home Water Usage Calculator – from the National Wildlife Federation
Water Conservation Tips – from the Pelican Post
Toiletology 101 – How to Repair Toilets
Water Miser – Water Saving Products
H20 House – a cool “Water Saver Home” Guide