Spring is just around the corner, and that means World Water Day is taking place soon too. This is an annual international event that was created in the early 1990s to help tackle the world water crisis, and every year it happens on March 22.
There are many things you can do to celebrate this global event, including learning about the world water crisis, taking steps to conserve water in your own house, and telling friends and family about the importance of saving water.
And to help you celebrate, here are some ways to reduce water wastage at home.
Participating in World Water Day: Water Conservation at Home
In every room of your house that has a faucet or water supply, there’s an opportunity for you to save water. And not only does saving water help reduce waste, but it also saves you money. Here are some quick facts about water usage around the house:
For an average faucet, water comes out at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.
Older showerheads use as much as 5 gallons per minute.
Toilet flushing accounts for about 108 gallons of water per day in the average four-person household.
Sound like a lot of water and money being unnecessarily flushed down the drain? Here are some ways you can change your daily habits to save water and money:
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the taps when you’re: Washing your hands, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, lathering up in the shower.
- Run the dishwasher only when it’s full
- Use the right water settings for small, medium, and large laundry loads
- Avoid washing the car in the driveway; instead, go to a carwash that recycles the water or find a waterless car cleaning
- In the garden: Use a rain barrel to collect water, water plants in the early morning, before the sun gets too hot, take out water-guzzling plants and replace them with drought-resistant ones.
- Reuse pasta water for cooking rice, watering plants, or making soups.
Make Your Plumbing More Efficient
There are many ways that older and unmaintained plumbing systems can contribute to wasted water. One way to reduce water use in your household is to upgrade to energy-efficient and low-flow appliances, faucets, toilets, and showerheads.
If you’re looking for cheap and simple ways to save, then you should inspect for faucet, pipe, and toilet leaks on a regular basis, and fix any leaks as soon as you find them. You can also help cut down on toilet water use by placing filled water bottles in each tank.
The History Behind World Water Day
The water crisis refers to the global lack of clean and potable water. Clean water is necessary to sustain life, and yet 1 in 10 people (663 million) don’t have access to safe drinking water, and 1 in 3 people (2.4 billion) don’t have access to sanitary toilets. Part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure that everyone in the world has access to safe water by 2030, and World Water Day is part of that initiative.
Saving water around the house is easier and less inconvenient than you might think, and a few changes to your daily routine could help save thousands of gallons of water per year and hundreds of dollars on your water bill. Found a leak during one of your routine inspections? Call the Scottsdale, AZ experts at Affordable Plumbing, Rooter and Water Heaters today for assistance.