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Conserving Water During Quarantine

By May 26, 2020 No Comments

Did you know the average household uses roughly 300 gallons of water per day?

Since we are all spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s all do our part in conserving water as much as possible.

 

Household water usage facts:

  • In the home, roughly 60 percent of all water is used to flush toilets, run showers and faucets.
  • A top-loading washing machine uses 30 gallons of water per wash, but a front-loading washing machine uses 10 gallons of water per wash.
  • Water consumption increases with our incomes; a household making $150,000 annually will use about 30 percent more water than a household making $75,000 per year.
  • The average American uses 9,000 gallons of water annually to flush 230 gallons of waste.

How can you reduce the amount of water waste from your household and, not to mention, save money on your next water bill?

 

 1.  Make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets, sprinklers, hoses, etc.

Household leaks can waste approximately nearly 900 billion gallons of water annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of nearly 11 million homes.

2.  Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

This can eliminate one load of dishes per week and save the average family nearly 320 gallons of water annually.

3.  Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving.

This can save 8 gallons of water per day and 10 gallons per shave. Assuming you brush your teeth twice daily and shave 5 times per week, you could save nearly 5,700 gallons per year.

4.  Fill your sink to wash dishes rather than running the faucet.

Letting your faucet run for five minutes while washing dishes can waste 10 gallons of water and uses enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 18 hours.

5.  Learn how to efficiently irrigate your lawn dependent on size, season and time of day.

If the average sized lawn in the United States is watered for 20 minutes every day for 7 days, it’s like running the shower constantly for 4 days or taking more than 800 showers. That’s equivalent to the amount of water needed for the average family to take 1 year’s worth of showers.

 

Stay safe, conserve water, and lower your monthly bill!

 

 

References:

https://www.cleanlink.com/news/article/Water-Usage-Facts-And-How-To-Be-More-Efficient–20577

https://www.epa.gov/watersense/statistics-and-facts

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