While water plumbing may be one of the luxuries we give the least amount of thought to, it remains one of the most highly appreciated innovations of modern life. This is mostly true, once a person is without water plumbing in a moment of great need. In order to keep a sustainable amount of water on the earth, and for us to live within our budgets as families, we need to become aware of how much water is used in our everyday lives. Knowing how much water plumbing uses, will help us all to try and conserve it.
A leaky tap can seem like a just a slow drip, but a slow drip can top a glass in just 15 minutes. That means an 8-ounce wastage every 15 minutes. That translates to 180 gallons of water in a month. It is always best to have a leak seen to straight away, however, if this is not possible, that water can be caught in a jug and used for watering plants, washing the floors or even to fill the drinking bowl of a pet.
If you uncertain whether or not your home has a water leak, try this simple trick: Check your water meter reading. Ensure all taps and faucets are closed and use no water for a 2 hour period. If your water meter reading has changed, you know there is a leak somewhere!
38% of water used by US households is used to flush the toilet! While various people may have different opinions on combating this high number, one way to reduce the water wastage there is to install a low-flow flushing system. It is just as effective at producing a clean toilet bowl, and save up to 18, 000 gallons of water annually.
If you prefer a manual solution, a simple hack to save water while flushing is to place plastic bottles in the cistern. The plastic bottles should contain something to make them heavy, like sand or pebbles, and water. Place them in such a way that they do not interfere with any of the mechanisms inside the toilet. Ensure that the cistern can still hold around 3 gallons of water.
Using water in the garden between 10am and 3pm will result in great wastage, as most of the water will go towards pointless evaporation and hold a minimal benefit to your plants, as you can lose up to 90% of your water in this way. For the same reason, it is better to use a hose and water close to the ground, rather than a sprinkler system. Alternatively, grey water (from baths and showers) can be caught and stored for this use. Many gardens have flourished from the grey water!
If you consistently find that your water plumbing system is costing you too much, consider calling a plumber to evaluate your system and your water meter, to ensure that there are no quiet leaks, costing you extra money.