Did you know that approximately 90 gallons or more of water is wasted each day due to common plumbing leaks? Imagine losing this much water to nothing in the hot summer season due to plumbing troubles!
Conservation and smart use of water is not a one-time thing. Instead, it is an ongoing process and even a way of living. When you are more energy-and-water-smart, it will also help save time and money. So folks, here are some reliable and trusted methods and good water-use habits that can be practiced throughout the year, irrespective of the season.
Whether it is summer or not, check regularly for leaks in your plumbing fixtures. In most cases, leaks are caused by obsolete equipment and their damaged parts such as toilet flappers; faucet valve stem washers, gaskets, and o-rings; and shower valve cartridges etc. If you find leaks anywhere inside or outside your property, call up your plumber before it creates more wastage and damages to the property and your pocket.
Most of the major leaks and water wastages used to happen in the toilets/ bathrooms; right from forgetting to turn off the tap properly to burst pipes and undetected leaks in the flush tank etc. But with the advent of sustainable technology and environmental consciousness, the efficiency of the plumbing fixtures has drastically improved while significantly reducing wastage. For eg, earlier toilet flushes used approximately 5-7 gallons of water, which has now reduced to just 1-3 gallons in the newer models. It would be a wise move to upgrade showerheads, faucets and flush tanks to better-performing plumbing fixtures.
At first glance, this might seem like an expensive move, but if you think about it, investing in a water-efficient dishwasher and washing machines will possibly save you the most on your bills. Take a moment to calculate the savings. The latest models of dishwashers use up only around 4-6 gallons of water per cycle while washing machines use only 21 gallons of water per cycle compared to 50 gallons in the older machines.
Too high water pressure is never a good thing for the plumbing network in your property. Ideally, the water pressure of approximately 40 to 45 psi is considered good pressure for a single-story home (add 5 psi for a two-story and 10 psi for a three-story home) to allow proper water availability in all fixtures at your place. Have a plumber check out the water pressure for you and make necessary adjustments before it causes some damage. Having a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) installed on the water mains is also a good idea to regularly track the pressure, save water, and improve the lifespan of the pipes.
You will be surprised by how much water you can save just by managing your daily household use and chores. From washing all the vegetables in a big utensil in one go, which can be used to water the plants, to remembering to turn off the water while soaping, brushing, shaving; to optimizing the use of washing machine capacity; to reducing the number of times you take a soak in the tub - all this saves gallons and gallons of water.
The water needs of outdoor gardens and plants in summer are quite demanding. Garden sprinklers and hoses are not a great option in deadly summers. Slow/ drip irrigation, redirecting kitchen sink water to your outdoor lawns, can help you take care of your garden much more efficiently and also reduce water wastage. Get in touch with your plumber to check your options of saving water while summer gardening.
If summer is about conserving and optimizing water use, then rainy seasons are for harvesting rainwater and preparing for summers. Explore your options for collecting rainwater from your roof and storing it for later use for your outdoor water requirements like gardening and car washing. Consult with your trusted plumbers on how rainwater harvesting systems can be integrated with your home plumbing network and make summers much more bearable.