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Conserve Water In And Around The Home

Water is a precious commodity that should never be taken for granted.

It's hard to change the way you use water because old habits are hard to break, especially when you've been using water same way for years. But, as those who have been through a severe drought will tell you, you either change the way you use water on your own, or you may be forced to make changes when your water supply dries up.

Mother Nature has a way of letting us know who is really in control. A serious drought can make the mightiest of men, and women, stop and smell the roses, if the roses haven't all dried up and blown away.

There are things that every homeowner, tenant, landlord, farmer, and business owner can do to prepare for a potential drought. You are probably already doing things that help conserve water and you don't even know it. You may already be using high efficiency shower heads, dishwashers, faucets, and low flow toilets.

If you are not using high efficiency water saving devices, it may be a good idea to start making changes now, even if you don't live in a drought prone area. A drought can happen in the wettest of climates and cause severe shortages of water, food, and other necessities that we often take for granted.

Not only will water saving devices help during a drought, but they will save you money on a day to day basis when water is plentiful and will more than pay for themselves in the long run.

There are many other ways to help conserve water in and around your home. Did you know that:

  • Hand washing dishes uses approximately 2 gallons of water per minute.
  • A high efficiency dishwasher uses between 4 to 6 gallons of water per load and consumes up to 35 percent less water by doing a full load of dishes, which haven't been pre-rinsed, compared to hand-washing.
  • High efficiency toilets use 1.28 gallons of water per flush. Non-efficiency toilets use up to 5 gallons of water per flush.
  • High efficiency shower heads use 2 gallons per minute, or 20 gallons of water for a 10 minute shower. Non-efficient shower heads use up to 12 gallons of water per minute, or 120 gallons for a 10 minute shower.
  • High efficiency clothes washers use an average of 8 gallons of water per load. Standards washing machines use up to 40 gallons per load.
  • A silent toilet leak can waste from 30 gallons of water per day to up to 5 gallons per hour. Hidden leaks can waste a lot of water, can cause major damage to a property, and can be very expensive if not found and repaired immediately.
  • Typical residential sprinkler systems with pop up spray heads will use approximately 2 gallons of water per minute per head.
  • Most leaks are from broken water lines, running toilets, and irrigation lines. A broken irrigation line can waste between 1,200 to 3,000 gallons of water per hour.

By installing more efficient fixtures and regularly checking for leaks, households can reduce daily indoor per capita water use by about 35 percent.

The smart thing to do is to learn about water conservation and how you can make necessary adjustments in the way you use water in and around your home if there is a drought or water shortage. Preparation is the key to surviving disasters and keeping you, your family, and your home safe and secure.


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