According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.
Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.
1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to treehugger.com, the average faucet uses two gallons of water per minute. If you brush for two minutes, you could save up to eight gallons of water per day!
2. Bring a bucket to the shower with you. The water that is wasted while you are waiting for the shower to get hot is reusable water. You may be surprised to find, for instance, that you can water all your houseplants with water that would have otherwise just gone done the drain.
3. Fix the leaky faucets in your home as soon as possible. A faucet leaking at one drop per minute can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year, nearly double the amount of water some in developing countries use during the same period. Call your local plumber if you need help.
4. Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing the dishes. The dishwasher can use less water and energy than hand washing the dishes if you follow a few dishwashing guidelines. Load your dishwasher properly following the manufacturer’s instructions and skip pre-rinsing to save the most water.
5. The biggest potential water waster is the toilet, which is responsible for about one-quarter of your home's water usage. According to the EPA, a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water, so be sure to fix leaks and other problems quickly.
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