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5 Water Conservation Tips You Should Already Know

Water conservation is of utmost importance. It’s wise to take on smart, good habits that can ensure that our environment remains healthy and full of resources. Water conservation means preventing the waste of water, using it less frequently and ensuring that there is ample water available for the world around us.

Water Conservation Tips

Read on to see how you can cut down on household water usage (things you should already know).

See also: Unique Ways of Conserving Energy at Home

1. Never Leave the Faucet Running

A majority of people tend to leave their faucet running as they brush their teeth, shave or wash their faces. Each minute that the water is left on, anywhere between 3 and 5 gallons of water is disappearing down the drain, wasted. Instead, turn the water off. You can use the stopper to fill the basin with water, though even that can be fairly wasteful.

2. Flush only When Needed

Flushing your toilet should be done as needed. You shouldn’t use it to flush away trash, like tissues or cotton balls. Throw your trash where it belongs, in the trash can, and stick to flushing the toilet when you have actually used it. If your toilet was installed before 1980, it uses 5-7 gallons for each flush. Toilets that were installed between 1980 and 1993 take 3.5 gallons of water per flush. Newer toilets, installed after 1994, use a mere 1.6 gallons per flush.

If your toilet is an older one, you can force it to use less water. Simply fill a jar with pebbles or marbles, and set it in the tank upright. Just make sure that you don’t jam the flusher, and don’t displace the water in a way that will force you to double-flush.

3. Never Ignore Leaks!

Whether they are in the toilet, tub or sink, a leaky faucet can use hundreds of gallons each day. Even small leaks can add up grossly. Say your faucet drips a total of 2 tablespoons per minute; by the end of the day, that’s an entire 15 gallons of water. After a week, it’s 105 gallons and a year it’s 5,460 gallons.

Take the time to test for leaks every now and again by putting some food coloring in the tank of your toilet. If the dye shows through the water in the bowl, you have a leak. You can repair it easily, and affordably. You can find other leaks in your home using your water meter. Simply read it before and after a 2 hour period that water isn’t being used in the house. If there’s a difference in the meter, you have a leak.

4. Fix Your Toilet

Toilet parts do need replacing every now and again, however, how frequently varies from home to home. Replaceable parts can last years, however other factors, such as toilet bowl cleaners and water treatments, can cause those parts to wear down much quicker than they originally would have.

Further reading: DIY Non-Toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner

5. Don’t take Long Showers

Long showers aren’t necessary, and they use large amounts of water! You can turn the water off as you soap up, or install a water conserving shower head. Some people simply limit their shower time to 5 minutes. Even lowering your time in the shower by 1 minute can conserve up to 1,000 gallons of water each year.

When it comes to baths, only put in a few inches of water. Use a lot of bubble bath, and give yourself the illusion that there’s more water than there is.

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