Even in regions where it seems abundant, water conservation has become necessary. That is because water resources are limited, and they are becoming scarcer every year.
Why Conserve Water?
Water conservation, besides saving money on utility bills, assists in preventing pollution of water in nearby rivers, lakes, and local watersheds. Moreover, water conservation averts greenhouse gas emissions linked to the treatment and distribution of water.
Additionally, conserving water can extend the life span of the septic system by minimizing soil saturation and pollution due to leakages. Congesting the sewer systems can cause raw sewage to flow to rivers and lakes. The more water flows through these sewer systems, the higher the possibility of pollution. In some areas, expensive sewer system expansion has been evaded through household water conservation.
How to save water at home
The most effective method of conserving water at home is to use more efficient fixtures. However, there are several other ways of reducing the quantity of water you use in your home. These methods include;
- Avoid using your toilet as a wastebasket: Each moment you flush facial tissue, cigarette butts, or other trash, you waste several liters of water.
- Use float boosters in your toilet’s cistern: To minimize water waste, put about two inches of sand in two plastic containers, fill them with water, cork them and then put them in the cistern away from the operating mechanisms; This will save a lot of water each day.
- Use the washer only for full loads of clothes: Avoid the permanent press cycle with clothes washing machines since it uses an extra 20 liters for the additional rinse. For smaller loads, adjust the level of water to the load’s size.
- Acquire a high-efficiency washer: An efficient machine uses about 12 percent of the amount of water used by a traditional washing machine per load.
- Use water-saving shower timers, showerheads, and less-flow faucet aerators: Long showers use about six to ten gallons of water every minute, while efficient showers use a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute.
- Have shorter showers: One of the ways to reduce water usage is to turn off the shower after shampooing and turn it on to rinse. To avoid overstaying in the shower, you can install a shower timer, obtainable from the local hardware store or water utility.
- Reduce use of kitchen sink waste disposal units: Sink disposals need lots of water to function properly and add significantly to the amount of solids waste in your septic tank which causes maintenance problems.
- Go for the dishwasher in place of handwashing: Washing utensils by hand uses approximately twice as much water as a dishwasher.
- Reuse wastewater: Use water draining from the house’s sinks, laundry machine, and bathtubs to water plants. You can collect gray water in a vessel in your shower or kitchen or fit a gray water system to redirect water from the drains to your landscape.
- Check pipes and faucets for leaks: A tiny leakage from a worn-out washer wastes over 20 gallons of water in a day. Some leaks can easily be identified, but others require more effort to spot. To identify leaks, dry tubs and sinks thoroughly and let them sit for some time. If you see wetness, you have found a leak.
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