Unnecessary water use not only contributes to local water shortages, but also adds to the volume of wastewater that must be treated by septic tanks or sewage treatment plants. As a result, excessive water use contributes to higher bills for energy, water, and sewer services.
Water Conservation Tips
Here are some tips on how you can play your part in conserving water:
- Check for toilet leaks by putting food coloring into the tank. If colored water appears after 30 minutes without flushing, there is a leak that should be repaired.
- Turn off water and your hot water heater when going on a trip.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Don’t run water continuously when washing dishes, brushing teeth, shaving, etc.
- Install a water-conserving shower head.
- Run dishwasher and clothes washers only when you have a full load.
- Install low volume toilets.
The average person in the United States uses about 100 gallons of water each day; only 4 gallons are actually essential to life. We could decrease our water consumption by 15% to 20% by simply adopting better water use habits.