We can live up to 2 weeks without food but only a few days without water, meaning that conserving the amount of water we use is an important aspect in many areas of life. The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day. Generally, 70% of that water is used indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use counts for 30% of household use. If you live in a drier climate or more water-intensive area, this number may increase. There are many steps we can take to lessen our water footprint and educating yourself about ways you can save water at home.
Why Should We Conserve Water?
To effectively conserve water, we must keep our environment, and those around us, in mind. By doing so, you are reducing pollutants and contaminants that run off into natural lakes, rivers, and streams that provide homes to wildlife, such as fish. Other animals, such as deer, also rely on this water to drink. Even some families rely on local lakes and reservoirs to receive water. Conserving water has an impact on your water bill and the ability to extend the life of your sewer or septic systems. Less than 1% of all water on Earth can be used by people. The rest is either saltwater or permanently frozen, meaning water conservation is exceptionally important as more people compete for clean water.
There are possible repercussions if you do not learn how to save water in your daily life, including:
• High water prices
• Increased summer watering restrictions
• Seasonal loss of recreational areas like lakes and rivers when the human demand for water conflicts with environmental needs
• Expensive water treatment projects to transport and store freshwater when local demand overcomes available capacity
Simple Ways to Save Water
1. Only run your dishwasher on a full load. Running a dishwasher more often for smaller loads will cause you to use twice as much water. This will also use less water per load than it would when washing by hand.
2. Invest in a bottled water cooler or water filtration system where the cooler dispenses water that is already cold. This will eliminate the need to run water from the sink while waiting for it to get cold.
3. Never allow the sink to run when brushing your teeth. Only turn it on to rinse your toothbrush.
4. Take shorter showers when possible. Bring a radio into the bathroom and time yourself by how many songs play while you are in there.
5. Look for leaks regularly around your home. Check under sinks and the tank of your toilet. Learn how to check and read your water meter or contact a professional plumber to perform a regular checkup.
6. Consider buying more energy-efficient appliances, such as washing machines that load from the front. They use less water than top-loading machines and work just as well when cleaning your clothes.
7. Water your lawn and garden early in the morning to prevent the water from evaporating as quickly. Also consider placing a layer of mulch around your garden, shrubs, and trees. This will not only look nice, but it will keep water from evaporating too quickly and ensure that the water is getting down to the roots.
8. Wash your car with a bucket and sponge. Running a hose can waste up to 6 gallons of water per minute. Or, go to a car wash that recycles their water.
How Do We Waste Water in our Daily Life?
The average person uses up to 30 gallons of water each day. Approximately, 4,000 drops of water are wasted from a leaking faucet, 4 gallons of water are wasted when running the tap while brushing your teeth and even 5 to 10 gallons of water in the shower. Being conscious about water use is important to slow down the potential repercussions of too much water use.
Studies show that water shortages may become a problem if we do not reduce our water use. According to a study published in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, “Climate change and population growth are likely to present serious challenges in some regions of the U.S.” This is based on not only population growth but also on future climate scenarios. The authors of this study claim that increasing reservoir storage capacity, pumping more water out of groundwater aquifers, and diverting more water from streams and rivers could potentially help if water shortages affected the region. Making a difference starts with you and there are many simple ways to start conserving water without making dramatic changes to your lifestyle.
Here at “The Water Guy”, we have dedicated our time and effort in making a difference to conserve water where we can. To do this, we use ultra-efficient equipment, processes and methods to reduce water usage and waste. We have worked hard to earn, The International Bottled Water Association’s “National Environment Stewardship Award,” and we wholeheartedly support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) awareness program, “Watersense.”
According to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), bottled water industries use only 0.011% of the water in the United States. Compare that to the total U.S. bottled water consumption in 2017 that was 13.7 billion gallons, and you realize the bottled water industry is a small user of water compared to its large footprint. We ask you to become a water steward and conserve water in your home by taking into consideration how to save water in your daily life.