Ways People Waste Water In The Summer
Water is a resource that many of us take for granted daily, but it’s no secret that our shortage of water is becoming serious. With Earth’s population continuously rising our need for water becomes even higher, and yet tremendous amounts of water are still wasted every month. Read on for ways in which people waste water, and how to prevent it.
In The House:
- Leaving the water running
- When brushing teeth or shaving, leaving the water running wastes two gallons per minute. A glass of water next to the sink or a low flow aerator on the faucet can save more than 140 gallons a month.
- Refrigerating a container of drinking water will prevent the faucet running until the water becomes cool.
- Laundry and/or Dishwasher
- Washing smaller loads or running a dishwasher that is not full typically uses 35-50 gallons per load whether or not the load is full.
- Decreasing shower times by just 1-2 minutes can save up to 700 gallons per month. Investing in a low flow shower head can even save up to 800 gallons per month.
- Flushing the toilet
- Using the toilet as a wastebasket wastes up to 5 gallons per flush, a small trashcan next to the toilet helps as a good reminder.
Out of the House:
- The lawn
- Watering on windy days; water evaporates faster when it is windy and is also blow onto the walkway and/or driveway instead of the grass.
- Check and adjust all of the sprinklers to water the landscape, not the concrete. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation in flowerbeds can save up to 50% of water used, compared to sprinklers.
- Watering the lawn efficiently up to three days a week will still ensure moisture reaching down to the roots.
- Car wash
- Washing your car at home could result in using 80 to 140 gallons of water, while professional car washes utilize methods that recycle water.
Water is one of our most important natural resources, so it is time we took precautions to keep it around.
For more questions, call Superior Water & Air today at 208-343-7683.