Are You Asking How You Can Help With the Drought: It’s About Drinkable Water
Water Use in American Homes: The Facts About Drinkable Water
Nearly 97% of the world’s water is too salty to be drinkable water, and around 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. Unfortunately this leaves just 1% for all water needs which includes agricultural, manufacturing, community needs, and our personal household needs.
I was shocked to find that less than 1% of the treated water produced by water utilities is actually consumed and is used as drinkable water. The rest goes on lawns, in washing machines, and down toilets and drains.
There Are Simple Steps We Can All Take To Ease the Impact of Drought
- If everyone in the United States flushed the toilet just one less time per day, we could save a lake full of water about a mile long, a mile wide, and four feet deep; that savings would take place each and every day.
- A single glass of water placed on your table in a restaurant requires at least two glasses of water to wash and rinse that glass; nearly 70 million meals are served each day in U.S. restaurants, we would save more than 26 million gallons of water if just one person in every four said “no thank you”.
Typically, at least 30% of water consumed by households is used outdoors. Inside your house, bathrooms claim nearly 60% of the water used.
Indoor water use statistics vary from family to family in each part of the country, but on average nearly 40% gets flushed down toilets, more than 30% is used in showers and baths, the laundry and dish washing take about 15%, leaks claim 5% or more, which leaves about 10% for everything else.
- If we all reduced the average number of toilet flushes to only four or five flushes per day, it would still amount to more than 5 billion gallons of water down the drain. The savings would be enough to supply drinking water to the entire population of Chicago (population is nearly 3 million people) for more than 6 years.
- Plumbing leaks add up in a hurry. A faucet dripping only two tablespoons a minute comes to right around 15 gallons a day. That’s 105 gallons a week and 5,460 wasted gallons of water each year. Fixing a leaking faucet is one of the cheapest home repairs?
- Low-flush toilets use only about 1.5 gallons of water per flush. That could cut your family’s total indoor water use by as much as 20%.
- Showerheads now manufactured in the United States are required by law to release no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Low-flow showerheads deliver as little as 1.25 gallons per minute. Replacing showerheads is an easy fix.
- Turn the water off when you brush your teeth, or when you are washing your face.
If we all used just one less gallon of water per shower every day, we could save some 85 billion gallons per year.
- There is no need to fully wash dishes before loading in the dishwasher; scrape off food scraps and rinse. A half empty dishwasher uses the same amount of water as a full dishwasher. Please run the dishwasher only when it is full.