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Don’t Run and Waste

January 1, 2016

Every drop counts. Turn off the tap. 

Whether you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, washing the dishes or waiting for water to heat up – don’t let the water run. Old habits die hard but this is one habit that should die…quickly. It’s a simple start when trying to conserve water and an easy habit to teach kids.

Bathroom and kitchen sinks account for about 16% of water use in an average home and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that is equal to more than 1.1 trillion gallons of water each year.  One bathroom faucet generally runs 2 gallons per minute and with an average household of 4 people running water for 5 minutes once a day – that can add up. That’s 280 gallons of water in one week with just one bathroom sink and that doesn’t even include the kitchen faucet.

Brushing your teeth for a few minutes may be the last thing you really think about, but when you’re just standing around brushing your teeth while letting that water run – you’re pouring money down the drain. People will let the water run out of convenience for when they need to rinse. If you need to rinse, think about having a cup next to the sink. Use the cup to fill it up with water beforehand and it’ll be ready for you when you need to rinse.

water-reuseAnother way to conserve at home is to reuse and recycle water. It’s not as disgusting as it sounds and it’s a very effective way to conserve water! There are many ways to reuse and recycle water in the home. For instance, when showering and waiting for the water to heat up, collect the water in a bucket to reuse. Use it to water plants or to wash dishes. When washing dishes, use one side of the sink to fill up with water instead of letting it run while scrubbing. When you’re in the kitchen, use left over water from cooking and boiling! 

Did you know that the water that we use for agricultural, industrial and urban purposes causes a lack of adequate flow and can cause deterioration of water quality and the ecosystem health? Plants, wildlife and fish depends on sufficient water flow to live and reproduce. Recycling water can help free the flow of water for the environment and increase flows to vital ecosystems.

Recycling water isn’t only helping conserve water- it’s helping the environment.