Water waste is a serious problem in the United States, but there are many things we can do to reduce it.
In our previous blog, we talked about the severity of the global water crisis, as well as how much water Americans waste every year. Although the water crisis is quite serious, there is good news. It’s not hard to reduce water waste. In fact, much of the water we waste can be preserved with a few simple changes. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your contribution to American water waste:
#1. Fix plumbing leaks promptly.
Untreated plumbing leaks waste over a trillion gallons of water every year. In a single home, a plumbing leak can waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year. Not only do these leaks add to the global water crisis, but they also cost homeowners money and cause expensive damage to homes. One of the best things you can do to reduce water waste in your home is to take advantage of plumbing services in Belleville to fix leaking pipes, faucets, toilets and other plumbing fixtures right away.
#2. Be smart about your landscaping.
Almost half of the water we dedicate to landscaping is wasted through either over watering or evaporation. Believe it or not, having a sprinkler system professionally installed in your lawn can actually save money and reduce wasted water because it minimizes over watering. Another great option is to minimize the amount of water your landscape needs by hardscaping and replacing thirsty plants with native ones.
#3. Upgrade your appliances and fixtures.
Technology has come a long way, and newer appliances and plumbing fixtures are much more efficient than their older counterparts. For example, by upgrading an older toilet to a low-flow toilet, you can save two gallons of water every time you flush, and upgrading to a low flow shower head could save you 750 gallons of water every month.
#4. Turn off the water when you don’t need it.
We waste a staggering amount of water when we leave it on while loading the dishwasher, washing our hair, brushing our teeth, etc. If you turn off the water when you don’t actually need it, you’ll save quite a bit of water. For instance, turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth can save you 25 gallons of water per month, and turning off the water while washing your hair can save you 150 gallons per month.
#5. Be mindful about your water use.
Much of the water we waste in the United States stems from our failure to recognize that we are wasting water in the first place. Every time you turn on the faucet, think about what you are using that water for, and if it’s just flowing down the drain for no real reason, you’re wasting water. Being mindful about your water use is the first step towards reducing water waste.
At Culler Plumbing Services, we can help you reduce your water waste by promptly fixing the plumbing leaks in your home and installing energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines, faucets, toilets, showerheads, faucets and more. Contact us today for the plumbing services you need to reduce water waste in Belleville!