Ideally, each person should be using 20 gallons every day, and it should be enough to meet the needs of that person. But in reality, on average, each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. That big difference is not only bad for our bills but also for our future.
Water is not infinite, and it is getting polluted every day. One day -and it's not so faraway- finding clean water will be hard for us and our children. But we can take precautions to postpone that day until we find new ways to have clean water.
Every day we waste gallons of water without realizing it. Here are 10 ways to gain awareness of our water consumption and reduce it.
1- Fully loaded washing machines and dishwashers
"Urgent" rounds for little amounts of clothing and fully loaded rounds are the same for your washing machine. It uses the same amount of water every time. The same goes for dishwashers. Instead of doing a few quick little rounds, try doing one, fully loaded round. It will decrease the amount of water you use.
2- Check your toilet for leaks
Bathrooms are generally wet places, so it may be hard to understand if there are any leaks. Here is a quick tip: Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day. This way, you can reduce your water consumption without changing ANYTHING but a bolt.
Of course, we need to flush every time we use the bathroom but we don't have to waste gallons of water while doing it. Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush. You can get one of these from your water provider.
You can DIY it. "How?" you ask. It's pretty easy actually: Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank.
Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles in the bottom of a one-liter bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without harming the efficiency of the toilet. If your tank is big enough, you may even be able to put in two bottles.
4- Wash dishes not the sink
If you are hand-washing the dishes avoid having the tap running while you wash items. Instead, fill a bowl with soapy water for washing and fill another bowl with clean water for rinsing. You’ll use half the water you otherwise would, according to the EPA.
You can do the same with washing fruit and vegetables. Instead of putting them under the running tap, you can fill a bowl with clean water.
5- Steam your veggies
Steam your food to reduce water usage and regain more of the natural nutrients. If you do boil, try using the leftover water as a tasty stock for soups. Or let it cool and use it to water plants.
6- Don't throw things in your toilet
It's wrong on so many levels but most importantly it's RUINING the water. Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five to seven gallons of water. This way you waste water without actually using it. Also, later that trash pollutes the cultivated area and reduces our agriculture fields.
With TUSHY you can entirely stop using toilet paper. TUSHY is a smooth bidet that attaches to any standard toilet and sprays your nether regions super clean. Our butts are the only body part we clean with dry paper, which is inefficient. Washing with a spray of water feels better and cleans better, leaving you feeling fresh and confident.
7- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
Any leak at home is wasting our water and your money. They look like little drops but over time they waste 50 or more gallons of water a day. That's even above the ideal amount of water a person should use every day. Instead of two people, one faucet leak is using our daily needed water.
8- Be aware of every drop
Learn to reuse water. Actually, most of our "wastewater" is chemical-free. It means we can use them to water our garden or home plants.
Think of how much water you waste while waiting for water to get warm. Instead of wasting that water, you can clean your balcony/terrace with it.
9- Use eco-friendly cleaning products
Generally, cleaning products involve lots of chemicals that are harmful to nature. When these products mix in water, that water becomes unusable again. Whether at home or facilities that water is considered dirty and wasted.
Also, traditional products are a threat to our health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some of the risks include:
- Impact on the quality of indoor and outdoor air.
- Irritated eyes or skin.
- Disabled children born to women with high exposure
You can try to use eco-friendly brands or natural alternatives (vinegar, baking soda, etc.). Green brands share their ingredients too so you can look up online to make sure all ingredients are healthy and sustainable. If you don't want to spend time on it you can always find the best options with take care!
Seepje makes natural washing and cleaning products based on the Sapindus mukorossi fruit from the Himalayas. The shells from this fruit contain a natural form of soap called saponine. When water is added to your washing machine, the shells spontaneously release their soap! Hypoallergenic and without chemical additives, these shells will give you a wonderfully clean and soft wash.
10- Always shower like you are in a hurry
Last but not least, this may be the easiest way to reduce water consumption. Every minute you spend in the shower uses up to 17 liters of water. Instead of giving a concert in the shower, you can focus on getting out quicker. Also, using an efficient showerhead can decrease the amount of wastewater.
Or you can use Hamwells! The Blue made by Hamwells is a shower system with a heat exchange module. This module enables great reductions on warm water usage. Because of this, you can also decrease the size of your hot water infrastructure. Saving on capital investment and the annual energy bill. So you can enjoy a comfortable and sustainable shower with the Blue.
There are lots of other ways to reduce your water consumption but those were 10 essential ones. Keep following us for a sustainable future!