Water Waste Concerns: Why Saving Water for Summer Months is Key
Have you ever walked past a fire hydrant that was exploding with water, and no one else was around, but the water was just spraying all over the ground? Maybe you felt compelled to do something about it because it was such a big waste of water.
The fact is, many people can see others wasting water and feel a certain way about it, but the same individuals may not think about the water they’re wasting around their home because they don’t realize that they are wasting it at all.
Water waste comes in many forms, not just an exploding fire hydrant on the street that needs to be turned off but by excessively flushing the toilet, letting the water run down the drain, showering for extended periods of time and more.
If you think about all the ways that you’re using water excessively, you may not believe that you’re actually wasting water, since you may feel it’s necessary to use the water the way you’re currently using it. You have to take showers, your dishes need washing, your clothes need cleaning, and your lawn needs watering, but there are better ways to do all these activities without using excessive water, which ends up being wasteful.
Learn How to Save Water in Your Home
- Cook food with less water
- Take shorter showers
- Implement water saving fixtures in the home
- Don’t throw away dropped ice cubes, put them in plants
- Use rinsing water for dishes to water your lawn or car
- Wash fruits and vegetables in water in a bowl
- Match water level in washer to load size
- Get a WaterSense labeled shower head
- Get WaterSense toilets in the home
- Plug the sink when running water
- Look for and fix all leaks in the home
Cook with less water.
If you choose to use less water for cooking than you need, then you’ll have less water to waste afterward. Don’t boil a whole pot full of water when you only need half the pot, especially when this is incredibly wasteful.
A five-minute shower is long enough to get you completely clean, and with the right shower head, you’ll save even more water. Opt for shorter showers, instead of taking long showers that contribute to water waste.
Water Saving Fixtures
You can find faucets, shower heads, and toilets that all conserve water, and don’t forget that you can also get appliances that are water saving as well.
When you’re trying to save as much water in your home as possible, examine the fixtures you’re using because they may be costing you a lot more on your water bill than you realize.
Ice Cubes for Watering Plants
Everyone drops an ice cube from time to time, which can add up if you look at the number of ice cubes dropped over a lifetime. Don’t throw ice cubes away, throw them in a plant for extra watering, and you may save on watering the plants if you drop enough ice cubes throughout the week.
The water you used to rinse the dishes may be clean enough to use to water the lawn or even plants, or the water can possibly be used for other cleaning purposes around the home, like washing your car. Reuse water when you can, then you’ll waste less water.
Fruits and Vegetables
Many people choose to wash their fruits and vegetables by running water in the sink, but this is a huge waste of water. Fill a bowl with water, and wash the fruits and vegetables, and pour the leftover water into a plant’s soil for additional water conservation.
Washer Water Levels
Don’t feel the need to overfill the washer because you’re using several gallons more water than you need. Fill the water level to the top of the load, and you’ll save several gallons of water each time you choose to wash your clothes in the washer.
WaterSense Labeled Fixtures
You can get a toilet and a shower head that is WaterSense labeled, which means that it saves you more water when you flush the toilet or use the shower head. These fixtures are ideal for homes that want to conserve water, so implementing them throughout your home is an excellent idea.
Plug the Sink
If you know you have to run water, then don’t waste it. Plug up the sink to catch water while you’re brushing your teeth, cleaning off your makeup, washing your face, or doing other things over the sink. It’s a guarantee that if you plug the sink, then you’ll turn off the faucet before the sink overflows.
Letting the water run means you’re not only losing the use of the water right away but may use more gallons of water than if you simply plug the sink up to catch the water.
Leak Fixes and Detection
Most people know when they have leaks in their home, especially when their bill has gone up suddenly without reason. If you don’t know where the leak is, then get it detected by hiring a plumber, and allow the plumber to fix the leak, no matter what it takes.
Call a Plumber For Any Leaks or Other Issues
You’re looking forward to your summer, and if you’ve already started conserving water, then you can be sure that you will have a lot more fun in the summertime with your water, without having to worry about that extra high water bill.
Take the time also to conserve your water usage in the summer when you are using more water than usual. Hire a plumber to do several checks in your home to make sure that your plumbing system is working correctly as well as having no leaks. Plumbers can fix any kinds of leaks inside or outside of the home, so utilize them as necessary to keep your home leak-free.
Genmor Plumbing, Inc. in San Jose, CA at (408) 684-7083 provides leak detection services and water conservation tips.