Did you know, households contribute to a significant amount of water waste?
Water waste is an enormous issue, even if you don’t live in an area that experiences drought. While industrial and agricultural applications use up the lion’s share, households contribute to a significant amount of water waste as well. How much does your family waste on average? The answer might surprise you. Take a look below to see where you can save.
How Much Water Does the Average Family Waste?
The average American family of four uses 400 gallons per day, or roughly 100 gallons per individual. According to data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency, households in the U.S. waste over 1 trillion gallons of water every year. Roughly ten percent of homes waste about 90 gallons of water per day, while home experiencing water leaks can lose as much as 10,000 gallons per year.
What Uses Up So Much Water?
The biggest contributors to water use (and waste) are flushing toilets. As much as 27% of the average household’s water use is dedicated to operating toilets alone. Up to 60% of wasted water is lost through leaky pipes. For families with lawns and gardens, 50% of the water used for landscaping is wasted through over-watering and evaporation. Luckily, there is a lot of headway being made in this regard. Cities often regulate watering schedules now and companies like Smart Controller are even developing better irrigation technology to help save families money and water with their sprinkling systems.
How Can Families Save Water?
One of the best ways to avoid wasting water is to promptly fix leaking pipes, dripping faucets, and running toilets. Upgrading to low-flow toilets, water efficient showerheads, and dishwashers can help save over 1,500 gallons per month. Switching to automated sprinklers instead of watering lawns and gardens by hand can help save a significant amount of water, too.
A professional sprinkler installation company can help determine the most efficient way to keep plants watered, helping to reduce water lost through over-watering. Lastly, minor changes in habit can help limit water waste. Take showers instead of baths, and turn water off while brushing teeth or soaping up in the shower. Since most water is used for industry and agriculture, families who consciously consume products from companies with responsible water practices can help further reduce their individual water footprint.
Nobody wants to pay sky-high water bills due to avoidable waste, but water waste is more than an individual problem. Water is a precious resource that requires significant energy to clean and transport, and wasted water directly contributes to damaging the environment. By keeping pipes in good repair, using water efficient appliances and sprinklers, and making minor changes to daily habits like showering, families can drastically reduce their water waste and shrink their overall water footprint.
Eileen O’Shanassy, the author of this article, is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.
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