10 Ways We Waste Water
10 Ways We Waste Water
May 25, 2010 | By Casey Holley
Water shortages in some areas of the country are common, even in areas where fresh water seems abundant. Conserving water is important because, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, only 2.8 percent of the water on the Earth’s surface is suitable for consumption.
Leaving Water Running
When you brush your teeth, take a shower, wash your face or wash dishes, you will waste a lot of water if you leave the water running. Turn the water off when you don’t need water, such as when you lather up in the shower. You can always turn the water back on when you need to rinse.
Running the dishwasher or washer with only a partial load, especially if the load size isn’t adjustable on the appliance, can waste a lot of water. To conserve water, wait until you have a full load or purchase a new appliance with adjustable load sizes.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District states that even a slow water leak can waste up to 300 gallons of water per month. Check for leaks by reading your water meter and then returning 30 minutes later to recheck the reading. During that time, no water should be used. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak.
Automatic Pool Refilling
Automatic pool refilling devices constantly refill the water level in your pool. These devices can make it difficult to realize that your pool or pump is leaking. Instead of these devices, install a recirculation pump and keep an eye on the water level so you know if your pool is leaking.
Baths or Long Showers
Taking a full bath or a long shower uses a lot of water, up to 50 gallons notes the EPA. Instead, take a 5-minute shower or only fill the bathtub up a third of the way. In addition to saving water, you will save money on heating the water.
Inefficient Appliances and Fixtures
High flow toilets, shower heads, faucets and other appliances waste a considerable amount of water. The California Energy Commission states that 75 percent of water used in a home is in the bathroom. Changing these items only in the bathroom can save a lot of water, but changing them throughout the house is even better.
Constant Flow Recreational Toys
Toys that require a constant flow of water waste a lot of water. If your child has a toy like this, use it in an area of the yard that needs to be watered and limit the amount of time the toy is used.
Car washes and washing your vehicle with a hose can waste water. Some car washes now have recycling pumps so any water used is recycled for another wash but try to avoid car washes that don’t recycle the water. If you wash your vehicle with a hose, wet the vehicle and then turn the water off while you scrub it. Turn the water back on to rinse.
Hotels, motels and other similar facilities waste a lot of water on daily linen changes. When you are at home, you probably don’t wash your sheets daily, so don’t have them washed daily at the hotel unless you are going to bed filthy at night
Rinsing off your driveway instead of sweeping it off or using a blower to blow the debris off is a waste of water. Use a deck brush or broom with water only on heavily soiled areas of the driveway and then allow the area to dry. Once it is dry, sweep up dirt or debris.