Do your part and save our precious water!
As another hot and dry summer approaches, many cities and municipalities are introducing new water conservation measures in an effort to reduce water consumption during the dry summer months. To this end, many are starting to install water meters for billing purposes and are moving from a flat rate system to a user paid system. This tactic seems to make sense because why a house with only two people living in it would have to pay for the same water as the house next door a family of six could have using a lot more water.
As more and more pressure is put on our water supply systems, we will need to become much smarter in using things like water that we have taken for granted for so long.
how can you make a difference?
Here are some tips that can help make using less water easier …
Check for leaks
While closely observing water usage, it is important to ensure that the water does not run off due to undetected leaks in the system. Many undetected leaks allow water and your money to go down the drain. To detect invisible leaks, examine the water meter (if you have one). Some homes can waste more than 10% due to unknown water leaks and this waste of water costs both you and the environment.
There are several reasons why you would want to look into your water meter. First, you may be interested in how much water you use in a day. By reading the meter at the beginning and end of the day, you can compare the two totals to determine how much water you and your family have used. When you and your family start incorporating water saving measures, you can easily see how much water you are saving.
The second reason is to check for water leaks. You can tell if you have a leak by turning off all the taps in the house. So, take a look at your water meter and if you see that it is still running, chances are you have a leak somewhere.
Toilets are a common source of unnoticed leaks. Unnoticed, hundreds of liters of water can be wasted every day. Leaks often occur when component parts are worn and need to be replaced or adjusted. Here are some simple tips to figure out if your toilet is leaking:
– Listen for any leaks. If you hear the sound of running water, your toilet is leaking.
– Add food coloring or dye to the toilet tank and wait 20 minutes. If colored water appears in the toilet bowl, there is a leak.Waterlooexterminators.ca
Replace your old toilet, the largest water consumer inside your home.
If your home was built before 1992 and the toilet was never replaced, chances are you don’t have an efficient 1.6 gallon toilet per flush. You can check the date printed inside the toilet by lifting the lid and looking at the manufacturer’s imprint of the make, model and date of manufacture on the back of the toilet.
Leaking from the tap
Remember to periodically check all the taps and pipes. Watch out for drops and quickly replace defective parts. A leaking faucet can waste as much drinking water in a single day as the amount needed to sustain a person for an entire week.
Replace your washing machine, the second largest water user in your home.
Energy Star rated washers that also have a water factor of 9.5 or less use 35-50% less water and 50% less energy per load. This saves money on both your water and energy bills.
Leaks in the irrigation system
Another big waste of water can be leaks in the irrigation system. Quickly fix sprinkler system leaks and check for water in gutters or mud puddles. Inspect sprinklers and drip sprinklers regularly throughout the day, as the optimal time for water is at night when you can’t observe leaks. If you have an older irrigation system, more than 50% and even more than 75% of the water can be lost due to leaks.
Plant the right plants with proper landscape design and watering
Whether you are inserting a new landscape or slowing down the change in the current landscape of your home, select plants suitable for the local climatic conditions. Having a yard with 100% grass lawn area in a dry climate uses significant amounts of water to maintain the