We think that just because water is always readily available to us no matter where we go that it’s going to stay this way forever. Yes, 70% of the entire earth is made up of water, but here’s now you can perceive its drinkability in percentages: 97% is saltwater and unconsumable by humans, 2% is frozen in glaciers, and only 1% is drinking water.
Now, do you see where this is headed?
Our casual attitude towards wasting water and taking valuable resources for granted may lead to an a grand-scale drought very soon. This is why it’s imperative that we learn to manage our water consumption by reducing how we use it on a day-to-day basis. But before we do that, it’s important to actually know where we use large amounts of water everyday and how this is leading to massive wastage.
From long bathroom showers, gallons of flushing water, laundry, kitchen-works, gardening, cleaning, and leaky taps, there’re a lot of everyday activities that can lead to water wastage. Let’s take a look at each of these in detail:
1. For bathrooms
The bathroom is the Big Daddy of all water waste. It includes impractical use of constantly running showers, large Jacuzzis, bathtubs, and more. You might not have known, but an average bathtub requires 50 liters of water to fill. Compared to the mean of a single shower, its 30% more water usage.
Similarly, leaving the tap water running while brushing your teeth can result in 5 liters of water waste per minute – an average of 20 liters if the process takes too long. You’ll literally be saving a thousand liters of water per annum by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.
No, let’s move on to showers. Most homes are installed with a 3 start shower fixture, which uses around 9 liters of water per minute. Typical showerheads, on the other hand, take about 16-18 liters of water per minute. As you can see, using the former can make a huge difference in the scale of your water consumption. If the average time of a shower is calculated to be 5-6 minutes per person, the you’ll literally be saving 20,000 liters of water annually by going for a3-star showerhead!
Moving on, the WC is another bathroom fixture that takes water consumption and waste to a whole new level. The older single-flush toilets consume an estimated 12 liters of water per flush, as compared to the newer dual-flush WC’s. For those who don’t know, the dual-flush system has a ‘half flush’ option for number ones, and a ‘full flush’ option for number twos. This drastically reduces the amount of water used during the whole process.
2. During laundry
The process of doing laundry is not as hard and complicated as it used to be. With innovative machines, you can now reduce the amount of water consumed during this process even more. But before that, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with how much a water-efficient washing machine usually uses. A good one takes about 40 liters of water per cycles for an average wash, as compared to the older machines, which used 99 liters per load. This means that you could save about 21,000 liters of water per year by switching to a water-efficient washing machine.
3. In kitchens
While furnishing your kitchens, it’s extremely important to look at the star ratings of your fixtures like taps, dishwashers, and more. The history of dishwashers is quite non-water efficient. They used to consume around 40 liters of water per load, as compared to the 18 liters it took to do dishes by hand. With the advent in technology, this statistic has improved a lot, but do take note of the rating before you buy one.
4. Gardening & pools
Water consumption with landscaping and pools depends on the timing and climatic conditions. It’s important to note that you need to water your plants either during early morning or evenings to reduce the amount of water evaporation. Planting drought-tolerant species is also a good option.
As for pools, their evaporation rates totally depend on the climate conditions they face. An average pool can lose approximately 300 liters of water per day if located in a hot area. Using a pool cover can reduce this value drastically – about 95% to be exact.
5. Leaky taps
Drip, drip, drip – that perpetually irritating sound that gets on everybody’s nerves. You can lose around 27 to 198 liters of water depending on how frequent your fixtures drip. And these are the ones we can hear because of the exposed fixtures – have you ever thought about the leaky pipes that we cannot see? A teeny tiny pipe fracture can end up in 99 liters of water wastage per day. The best way to detect these is to close off all the taps and look at the dial on the water meter – circulating numbers are a high indicator of leakage, and you need to contact you plumber for repairs.
There are many more ways that you can reduce your water wastage. Investing in a water tank for extra supply is a good thing. Also, if you get your excavation works done for either a pool or a garage, you can even go for an underground water storage tank that remains out of sight.
Remember that even when you’re just one of the millions on this planet, your actions can inspire someone else – so don’t forget to do your part. Saving even a small bit of water everyday and result saving precious drinkable resources.