Water is a finite resource – even though about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use.
On average a residential home in Columbia uses 3,740 gallons a month of water.
Toilets account for approximately 25% of indoor water use.
Energy efficient water use has also spiked since 1999. This is because of energy efficient appliances (e.g. toilets, washer and dryers, dishwashers, and shower heads.)
How to save water and money
Using high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances will not only help you conserve water but it will help you save on your next utility bill. You can save up to 30% of indoor water use by making the switch. This switch will not only affect your water bill but will help you save on energy as well.
Here are some tips on how to help conserve water in your home or business:
Indoor water tips
By conserving water in your home, you can save money and help protect this precious resource for years to come.
Check For Water Leaks
Check meter reading. Meter is usually along the water main, in the ground or in the basement
Stop all water use for 30 minutes
Check to see if meter has moved. If the number has changed, it’s time to check for leaks
A slow leak in a faucet can waste 15 to 20 gallons of water a day
The majority of leaks are due to worn out washers. Turn off the water supply and replace the washer
If the faucet is still leaking, consult a do-it-yourself manual available at most hardware stores or the library
Two thirds of all indoor water use takes place in the bathroom so it’s the easiest place to conserve!
Toilets should be seen, not heard! If you hear the water in your toilet running long after you flush, you could be wasting hundreds of gallons a day
Most toilet leaks are easily repaired. Take off the toilet tank lid and flush. Many problems can be readily recognized
Check the overflow pipe. If water is spilling over the top, then the arm needs to be adjusted so the valve shuts the water off sooner
To check for leaks around the stopper, put a few drops of food coloring in the reservoir tank. Don’t flush for 1 hour. If the color shows up in the toilet bowl, the stopper at the bottom of the tank needs to be replaced
Each flush of a standard toilet uses approximately seven gallons of water. To reduce the amount of water used, fill a small plastic bottle (for example a 32 ounce soda container) with water and put it in the corner of the tank. Keep the bottle clear of the valve stopper. Don’t displace so much water that you need to double flush. Don’t use a brick or any other item that could disintegrate and cause problems
Don’t use your toilet as a garbage can
Typical shower heads use around five gallons of water per minute. Install a low flow shower head and use only two or three gallons
Limit yourself to five-minute showers and fill the tub with only five inches of water for baths
Think of ways to conserve in your daily activities
Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes in the sink
Wash only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine