As you are putting together your spring-cleaning task list and gearing up for clearing out the clutter around your home, make sure that you and your family are committed to water-saving tasks before summer arrives.
During the summer months, we use a lot more water for things like watering the garden, watering the lawn and landscaping, and playing in the sprinklers or swimming pool. Since we use all of this extra water during the summer time, it is important to be thoughtful about how much water we are using now.
This is a very dangerous situation and, unfortunately, it does happen fairly often during the summer months in certain areas of our Country.
While it is difficult to understand how an area can ‘run out’ of water, the fact is only 1% of all of the water on our entire planet is suitable for drinking. Glaciers and ice caps have 2% trapped and the final 97% is not drinkable because it is highly polluted or is saltwater.
Here are some other facts about water that may inspire you and your family to improve water-saving habits:
- Each person in your home uses approximately 88 gallons of water per day. If you think if it as having 88 gallons of milk lined up against the wall in your dining room, multiplied by the number of people in your household (including yourself).
- Save water by flushing the toilet one less time per day. In fact, each time you flush the toilet you use approximately 5 gallons of water. So, if each person flushed the toilet one less time per day, you would already be down to 83 gallons of water per day.
- Hand washing dishes will use approximately 20 gallons of water each time. Whereas, running a load in the dishwasher will use anywhere from 4 to 6 gallons of water (depending on the efficient of your dishwasher model). Always opt to run the dishwasher as opposed to hand washing dishes.
Getting a head start on saving water is a good way to avoid any kind of drought during the summer months. A drought happens when there isn’t enough water for all of the people in the area for washing dishes, flushing the toilets, drinking, cooking, etc.