The planet and its resources are the responsibility of all of us who live here. It’s our job to ensure there is still a livable world passed down to the next generation and one of the most plentiful resources that we tend to waste is water. Even though most of the planet is covered in water, we need to protect the water supplies and reservoirs because turning salt water into usable water could be an expensive alternative. Since water is needed for all walks of life and for every living being on the planet you need to know how to help conserve water.
An obvious way to help conserve water is to only water your lawn when needed and make sure you use a timer on your lawn irrigation system. A system that is installed in your lawn and connected to your home with a control panel will have a built in timer to help you manage the times in which you water the lawn and have an automatic time to shut off when the watering is done. If you use a hose and sprinkler system that is connected to your outdoor spigot you need to purchase a spring loaded timer to shut off the water when the watering time has ended.
The water pressure moving throughout your pipes is another area of concern. When water flows at a higher pressure more water is released into the pipes and put through your faucets and into your drain system. Water that is flowing at a rate over sixty pounds per square inch can be harmful to your plumbing and cause your pipes to burst. In order to prevent this and reduce the amount of water flowing through your system you can contact the water company in your area and find out what the water pressure is for your home. If it’s excessive you may want to consider having a pressure reducing valve installed to help protect your home and lessen the amount of water flow.
Read your water meter during a time of no usage to help detect leaks. What you’re looking for is any movement of your meter. You do this by taking a reading when you know no water is being used for a period of time. If at the end of that time the meter has moved you may have a leak because the water meter shouldn’t change readings when water isn’t being used in your home. If the leak isn’t quickly discernable by you, call a professional to find the leak for you.
Other, simple steps you can take to help conserve water are to check your toilet for leaks and install new hardware in the tank if any leak or excessive running is found. You can also reduce the energy usage of your water heater by setting the temperature to 120 degrees or medium if you have an older model. By replacing an older shower head with a new one you can save as much as 7.5 gallons of water per minute without losing any spray on the shower head.
Items you might not have thought of include ensuring you protect your septic system by only using the recommended amounts of detergent and bleach. Excessive amounts of these chemicals can kill the bacteria in your septic system which is there to help break down the waste that flows in. Another helpful item which is great for not only conserving water but for the protection of the entire planet is using biodegradable soaps and detergents. These will break down naturally after use when in the wastewater system.
Do you hear that dripping faucet? Every drop is a drop of water that has been wasted. A leaking faucet that has a drip rate of once per second will waste eight gallons of water a day which equates to over 3,000 gallons per year. With this in mind you should ensure your entire plumbing system is tight and working correctly to help prevent any leaks and waste of water from your home.
It’s important for us to conserve water, especially water that has been treated to be used for drinking and bathing. There are simple ways to make sure you help protect and preserve the water supplies we currently have so they are still viable when our children and grandchildren grow into adults. Taking some of these preventive steps will not only conserve water but also reduce your monthly water bill.