The average person uses just under 70 gallons of water daily, according to the American Water Works Association. The largest water use area is the toilet, using an average of 18.5 gallons per day. This is followed by the clothes washer, shower, and faucets. It is estimated if all homes in the United States installed water conserving items it would be possible to reduce water consumption by as much as 30 percent. This translates in a reduction of 5.4 billion gallons of water each day. For those unconcerned with water conservation, here is another number for you to consider. This would save approximately $11.3 million per day, or nearly $4 billion each year.
Water Conservation Does Not Need To Be Difficult
Water conservation does not need to be hard, complicated, or involve any large initial expense. When washing dishes or clothes always make certain to wash only full loads. Many new washing machines have water saving features you can make use of. Showers take less water than bathes. Taking marginally shorter showers can have a significant impact as well. If possible, install a water conserving shower head. Many of these faucets are engineered to conserve water while having no noticeable decrease in function.
The number one area for water usage is the toilet. Older models use as much as 5 gallons per flush. Newer toilets use far less water, with some models using as little as 1.25 gallons of water per flush. When replacing your toilets or updating your bath, consider these units which can make a real difference in your daily water consumption.
Critical To Repair All Leaks Promptly
Always repair any leaking faucets as quickly as possible. A small drip, allowed to drip 24 hours a day can result in large amounts of water being wasted. Estimates show leaking faucets consume as much as 9.5 gallons of water every day. This represents nearly 14 percent of the daily usage. Simply by fixing these leaks in a timely manner you can reduce your daily water consumption by as much as 5 percent.
When watering your lawn or other outdoor greenery do the watering either in early morning or late evening. Watering during the heat of the day results in higher evaporation which results in more water being used to accomplish the same task. Don’t leave the water running when washing the dishes, shaving, or brushing your teeth.
Awareness is Key To Conservation
By simply being aware of water usage, and making others in your household aware of things which can be done to save water can make a very large difference. A large amount of water is wasted daily because too many people do not realize they are wasting this water and costing themselves money. By paying attention to the items listed here we can all make a difference in cost savings, water conservation, and the overall health of the planet.