Water conservation is important. While it has always been important, now there is no escaping it, it’s in our faces on the front page of every newspaper across the country, being printed in bold type next to pictures of drying up reservoirs and rivers. All freshwater, even the world’s Underground aquifers, which the vast majority of the world uses daily for drinking water, etc., are being depleted. And, while water conservation on such a large scale seems like an impossible fix, everyone can make a few changes in their home to make a difference.
A faucet that leaks with a consistent drip of once per second will waste 260 gallons of water per month. That same faucet left to drip for an entire year will waste more than 3100 gallons of water, and, while the typical household uses more than 5000 gallons of water per month, that leaky faucet is not only wasteful it’s costly. A toilet leak, which can be harder to diagnose, can also be as costly. A running toilet can waste up to 2 gallons of water every minute. To diagnose a leaky toilet, drip a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait fifteen minutes. If the food coloring shows up in the bowl during this time, then the toilet has a leak. Also, if you do test the toilet for a leak using this method, make sure to flush the toilet after the fifteen minute test period as the food dye will stain the bowl if left for too long.
While a bathroom accessory like a water efficient shower-head will pay for itself in several months, there are many less used accessories for the bathroom that can equally add to good water conservation, and promote a much lower water bill. A toilet dam installed in a toilet that was manufactured before 1994, will decrease the amount of water that a toilet needs to operate. Flow restrictors on faucets will promote less water usage. And, lastly the greater water conservation tool is attentiveness. Simple things like not running the faucets while brushing your teeth or when shaving, will save thousands of gallons of water every year.