Edmonton Plumbing Blog
How to conserve water in a modern home
While running water and indoor plumbing may be luxuries we give the least amount of thought to, they remain some of the most highly appreciated innovations of modern life. If you are ever without running water and indoor plumbing, you will understand this to be true. To conserve water and save money, we need to be aware of the water we use and ways to use it responsibly.
A leaky tap might seem like no big deal, but a slow drip can fill a glass in just 15 minutes. That 8-ounce waste every 15 minutes translates to 180 gallons of water in a month. Of course, with numbers like those, it is important to get that leak fixed as soon as possible. If you can’t get it fixed right away, consider conserving the leaking water by catching it and using it to water plants, mop floors or fill your pet’s water bowl.
If you are uncertain whether or not your home has a water leak, try this simple trick: Check your water meter reading. Ensure all taps and faucets are closed and use no water for a 2 hour period. If your water meter reading has changed, you know there is a leak somewhere!
Thirty-eight percent of water used in US households is used to flush the toilet! So, of all the possible ways to save water, addressing toilet water use may be the most effective. One way to address the water used by your toilet is to install a low-flow flushing system. It is just as effective at producing a clean toilet bowl and can save up to 18, 000 gallons of water annually.
If you prefer a manual solution, a simple hack to save water while flushing is to place plastic bottles in the tank. The bottles should contain something to make them heavy, such as sand or pebbles and water. Place them in such a way that they do not interfere with any of the mechanisms inside the toilet. Ensure that the tank can still hold around 3 gallons of water.
Using water in the garden between 10am and 3pm will result in a lot of waste, as most of the water will evaporate. This doesn’t help your plants, and it wastes water unnecessarily. For the same reason, it is better to use a hose and water close to the ground, rather than use a sprinkler system. Even better, use grey water (from baths and showers), which can be caught and stored for this use. Many gardens have flourished from the grey water!
If you consistently find that your water is costing you too much, consider calling a plumber to evaluate your system and your water meter, to ensure that there are no quiet leaks, costing you extra money.
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