We often treat our water supplies like they are an unlimited resource. Turing on your tap or faucet is something we do on a daily basis. From brushing our teeth to taking a shower, or washing the dishes. The typical family in the United States uses over 300 gallons of water per day in their homes. Virtually 900 billion gallons of water every year are squandered through household leaks and bad piping. That’s enough water to last 11 million residences an entire year! The truth is that most of the world’s population does not have ready access to clean, freshwater.
Even though most of the world’s surface is water, most of that water is saltwater. Natural saltwater cannot be consumed by humans or most land animals without undergoing desalination. This is an expensive process and is not a solution for most economically challenged countries. Fortunately, most families in Utah have in-home plumbing and access to freshwater whenever they need it. Our home state, however, is prone to droughts, so we must take proper steps to conserve water levels when we have an unusually large snowfall during winter.
There are three basic reasons that everyone should do their part to save water.
- It saves you money on your household utilities. Most homeowners have to pay for the amount of water they use. Although this resource is not as expensive as the electric bill, every little bit helps. Common units like dishwashers use large amounts of water and energy so keeping that in mind is a one-two punch on lowering your bills.
- The greater the use of freshwater, the more likely there will be contamination. When too much water enters our sewers or septic systems it can cause groundwater seepage. This means that dirty, contaminated water seeps in and around our sewer systems and pipes.
- When people use water wisely it allows cities and municipalities to better plan for water usage. If things get bad enough it means that future generations will not have sufficient supplies of usable water. This puts a strain on economics and puts the city in a place where they have to restrict use or come up with creative solutions.
We should all conserve water.
Tips for Conserving Water
There are easy steps that can be taken to help your household and by extension, your community. Below are some things that you and your family can do starting now.
Make sure your appliances are full – By making sure that you only run your dishwasher or laundry machine when it is full makes a big difference. Doing this can save hundreds of gallons of water and reducing your energy use. It will also extend the lifespan of your machines because they are not being used as frequently.
Shorten showers – If you are able to shorten your shower time by 5-10 minutes you are saving hundreds of gallons of water each month. The same tactic can be used when watering your lawns and flowers. Use the smallest amount of water necessary to promote growth. Make sure to turn off your sprinklers when it is raining outside so water does not get wasted when nature provides it.
Replace old toilets – Older models typically use 5-6 gallons with each flush. Modern and efficient models average only 1.6 gallons per flush. We are not saying that you should replace your toilets for this one reason alone. However, if your toilet is leaking this is a benefit to push for a replacement rather than a repair. Call Plumbing Utah Heating & Air for a free estimate at (801) 601-1298.
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Another great way to save water is to inspect your home for water leaks. A leak that goes unnoticed can waste thousands of gallons a year. Not to mention air, sewer, gas or water leaks can be dangerous and can damage your home. If you believe you have a leak contact our Salt Lake City leak location specialists to pinpoint the leak and repair it.