Have you ever considered yourself to waste a ton of water? Do you know how much water you’re actually wasting? Most households in the US use an average of 300 gallons per day, Collinsville, IL area homes do not differ from this. That is a lot of water. You are probably wondering what all adds up to amount to that many gallons per day. Well lucky for you, we have all the information you need.
There are many ways that you and your family may be contributing to water waste. Bad plumbing, habits, old fixtures, all of these small things can lead to a large amount of water waste in your own household.
Using a toilet as a trash can
Toilets are one the largest appliances in the house that contributes to water use. Every time you flush you can waste up to seven gallons of water. As low as that seems, constantly throwing things in the toilet that isn’t meant for the toilet will add up and not only wastes water but also hurt your pipes and drains.
Taking baths and long showers and conventional showerheads
Do you know how many gallons of water you use when you shower? It is double what it takes to flush a toilet, and the longer it is, the higher the number of gallons grow. That’s a lot of water waste! However, to limit the amount of water coming out of the showerhead, investing in a low-flow showerhead will ensure a smaller number of gallons being wasted.
What is even more alarming is that a household can leak up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year! Keeping an eye out for small leaks in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas around the house that feed water will help to limit the number of gallons that contribute to your water waste. Even if you don’t spot it right away, reviewing your water bill will identify if there is a potential leak.
Half-full laundry and dishwasher loads
Doing a half load of laundry and dishes wastes a ton of water. Not only that, but it’s expensive because you’ll have to buy more detergent for more and more loads!
Using running water to wash dishes and brush teeth
Letting the water run while washing the dishes or brushing your teeth is pointless. Fill up your sink for the dishes and let them soak. Your toothbrush is not constantly under the faucet either, so turn it off. For more questions about water waste or other plumbing issues contact us at Darwyns Plumbing today!