You can play a role in conserving water and save yourself money in the process by becoming conscious of the amount of water your household is using and by looking for ways to use less whenever you can. It is not hard to conserve water.
Here are a few tips:
- Automatic dishwashers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded. So get a run for your money and load it to capacity.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Check every faucet in your home for leaks. Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day. Fix it and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.
- Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day from an invisible toilet leak. Fix it and you save more than 30,000 gallons a year.
- Use your water meter to detect hidden leaks. Simply turn off all taps and water-using appliances. Then check the meter after 15 minutes. If it moved, you have a leak.
You may have some understanding about your carbon footprint, but how much do you know about your water footprint?
The water footprint of an individual, community, or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services that are consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business. For example, 11 gallons of water are needed to irrigate and wash the fruit in one half-gallon container of orange juice. Thirty-seven gallons of water are used to grow, produce, package, and ship the beans in that morning cup of coffee.Two hundred and sixty-four gallons of water are required to produce one quart of milk, and 4,200 gallons of water are required to produce two pounds of beef. According to the U.S. EPA, the average American uses about 100 gallons of water daily. In fact, in the developed world, one flush of a toilet uses as much water as the average person in the developing world allocates for an entire day’s cooking, washing, cleaning, and drinking. The annual American per capita water footprint is about 8,000 cubic feet; twice the global per capita average. With water use increasing six-fold in the past century, our demands for freshwater are rapidly outstripping what the planet can replenish.
To check out your own water footprint, go to www.h20conserve.org, or visit www.waterfootprint.org to see how the water footprints of other nations compare.
Water Conservation Links and Resources –
We are committed to helping our customers and community in their water conservation efforts. We will continually be updating the website with information, and our customers are always welcome to come into the AWC lobby to pick up conservation materials. We offer toilet flappers, faucet aerators, and low flow shower heads plus a whole selection of reading materials on conservation. There are also many wonderful websites with information on water conservation and ways to save.
Arizona Department of Water Resources Residential Home Page
Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona
Water Usage Calculator
You Tube Conservation Links:
How to Save Water in Six Easy Ways
How to Save Water by Taking a Shorter Shower
How to Conserve Water Indoors
How to Fix a Running Toilet