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Households Are Wasting Fresh Water At An Alarming Rate


Massive cities are sinking, aquifers are drying up, and a large percentage of the world won’t have access to fresh drinking water within a few decades. Yet the average person still manages to burn through around 100 gallons of water per day.

To be honest, it’s not the amount we use that is worrying. Everyone wastes around 30 gallons of water per day, which is almost unbelievable. Every human must start saving fresh water at home, so let’s look at some areas you should focus on.

1. Toilet

Roughly 27 percent of the water you waste is flushed straight down the toilet. I know you’ll need to flush the toilet regularly, but there are some things you can do. Don’t waste water every time you urinate.

Make a low-flow toilet to save lots of water when you do need to get rid of something. It will take you a few minutes to set something up. Lastly, don’t throw anything into the toilet that isn’t meant to go there.

2. Faucets

When you combine all your faucets together they’re responsible for around 16 percent of the water you use. There are a couple of things you can do to conserve water. Walk around making sure there are no leaks.

Even if it’s a slow leak it will add up over the course of a year. Don’t let water run non-stop when you need it. Turn it off when brushing your teeth and fill up a sink when you’re washing vegetables.

3. Shower

I know you probably love warm showers every day, but 17 percent of the water you waste goes down the shower gully. It’s crucial you find a way to reduce that percentage. Start by replacing your shower head with a low-flow model.

It will stop as much water coming out the shower head when it’s turned on, but you won’t notice a big difference. Don’t spend too long in the shower. You’ll need to drag yourself out once you’re clean.

4. Outdoors

There is more than a handful of ways to waste fresh water in the garden. The easiest way to save it is by collecting gray water. A lot of people use their garden shed to set up a basic rainwater harvesting system.

Once they fill a barrel up with rain water they’ll be able to use it when watering plants. If you’re washing the car you might want fresh water. You can fill a bucket up instead of going crazy with the hose.

5. Washing Machine

A huge chunk of the water you waste goes towards cleaning your clothes. That is almost a fifth of the total amount you use at home. It gets even worse because it’s not even necessary to use so much water.

Try to wait until you have a full load before switching it on. Keep in mind, older models can waste more than double the amount of water too. It’s also worth saving electricity by using cold water detergents.

You’ll Definitely Hurt Your Grandchildren

If you don’t do something about the water you waste it will definitely hurt your grandchildren. There will be a lot more restrictions in years to come. We must do everything to ensure fresh water doesn’t become a luxury.

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