Author: Patricia Feager, 2/7/2018
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE QUICKLY?
What household chore requires at minimum 27 to 41 gallons of water?
Where can 1.3 to 7 gallons of water or more go on a daily basis?
What do you do on a regular basis using ~ 22 gallons of water per person?
Depending on size, how far can 94 gallons of water go?
Before I give you the answers, did you know that in the State of Texas that by the year 2060 the population is expected to double and there will be significant water shortages in all parts of the state of Texas? What will happen to the people, the trees, plants, shrubs, wildlife, agriculture, and to people's homes if there isn't enough water in the soil? One of the best things to improve the value of your home is to maintain nice landscaping. What kind of depreciation will occur if there is no green and growing and foundations crack and can't be fixed?
Future generations depend on what we do today. Where do I begin? That's something each individual needs to ask themselves and make some tough choices. The key to water conservation is to use water wisely. If you are 50 years old or older, did you ever expect to be paying as much as you do for a bottle of water? And how many people buy special water in glass containers because it may be safer? Do people really drink water coming out of their faucets anymore?
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW
Starting with your bathroom, buy a water-efficient model showerhead. Take shorter showers. Reduce the amount of water in bathtubs. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or shave. Never let good water run down the drain foolishly. Check your toilets frequently and replace old toilets with high-efficiency models that uses 1.3 gallons per flush. Never let a leak continue to leak. Use less toilet paper and use the septic safe type.
In the kitchen, run the dishwasher when full, not half empty. Install energy saving faucets. Soak rather than run water into pots that are hard to clean before putting them into a dishwasher. Be smart when it comes to water in the kitchen when cooking.
Laundry - aren't we who have washing machines in homes the lucky ones? I remember mama carrying baskets to the laundry mat. She also got down on her knees and would use a scrub board. Replace old washing machines with high efficiency machines. Did you know that conventional machines use up to twice as much gallons of water per load?
- Washing clothes takes 27 to 41 gallons of water.
- Flushing toilets costs you 1.3 to 7 gallons of water.
- Showering about 22 gallons of water.
- Garden hose - approximately 94 gallons of water.
Remember you're not the only one on this planet that needs water. Save the water! Water conservation benefits every living thing on earth.