Home Water Conservation
Home water conservation is something that all of us should consider occasionally just to remind ourselves how lucky we are. Those of us in developed countries where there are seldom water shortages take water for granted, but there are over a billion people in the world who do not have access to clean drinking water.
Try to think about this. You get up in the morning and walk as far as need be to the river or other body of water with as large a container as you can carry to get water. After carrying the water back to your home, you hopefully have the facilities to boil it and kill as many unhealthy elements in it as you can. This is the water you drink, use for cooking and give your children. This is the scenario many people go through every day. I am sure you have seen on television what happens to people in really dry areas when there is a drought and there is basically no water available.
Many people don't really care about this, or at least don't think about it. They get up in the morning and use water to bath, shave, brush their teeth, cook, make a bottle for the baby and a host of other things including drinking it. The water is there and available and we only have to pay a reasonable amount for it so it is something we consider as in unlimited supply and don't worry about it.
I am not trying to get on a soap box today and I know none of us can save the world, but if you are the kind of person who likes to feel they are at least trying to do their small part to help, you might want to consider home water conservation.
As safe as we all feel, a disaster or unforeseen weather changes could make water the valuable asset to us as it is to the billion people mentioned above. What if something happened to cause there to be no electricity for weeks or months? The pumps that bring water to our homes would not be working and it days we would find out how precious water really is; without it we can not survive.
You may be thinking, “Okay, I don't mind doing a small part, but what can I do”? Well, I am going to give you a small list that you can use for home water conservation and anyone can participate. What is the a nice thing about it is you will not only be conserving water, but over a period of time you will be surprised at how much you will save on your water bill.
1 – At least every couple of months check toilets for leaks or see if they are in need of repair. A running toilet can use up to 150-200 gallons per day. If you are in an older home you may even consider buying new ones. The newer models of toilets use less water to flush and have less parts to give problems.
2 – Turn of the water while you are brushing your teeth instead of just leaving it running. This can save 2-3 gallons a day for each family member.
3 – Use your dishwasher. Dishwater use less water than hand washing. Also, it is really not necessary to totally clean dishes before putting them in. Dishwashers were built to clean dishes on their own. They don't need any help.
4 – If you don't have one install a new water saving shower head and turn it off while lathering up your body or shampooing your hair. These two things along can save you 5-6 gallons of water per minute.
5 – Put your sprinklers on a timer if you water your yard often. Every time you forget and leave them on you waste 1000s of gallons of water.
Home water conservation is something we can all do and should be taught to the children. When they are our age water may be in shorter supply.Also remember to keep an emergency supply of water on hand in case of an unforeseen problem or disaster.