World Water Day on March 22 is the day we all recognize the value that clean drinking water has in our day-to-day lives.
The day is used to promote access to clean water in developing communities around the globe and to highlight the water crises that impact us here at home in North America. In this latest post, we’ll take a look at the ins and outs of World Water Day and what you can do to take part this year.
The Continuing Water Crisis
The latest data shows that more than 1 in 6 people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water and 3900 children each year die of waterborne disease.
As the population grows and access to safe drinking water dwindles, these numbers are expected to rise significantly. It means we’re facing a significant global water crisis which must be addressed from an international, national, and local perspective.
As a homeowner, you can play an important role in helping to conserve water and ensure water is available for use in your local community. This begins with understanding how to use your home infrastructure efficiently. Let’s look at a few best practices for conserving water in the home:
Install low flow showerheads
One of the most common uses for home water is the shower. The average shower uses 3-to-4 gallons of water per minute. By installing a low-flow showerhead, which only uses about 2 gallons of water per minute, you can save a significant amount of water in your family home.
Insulate water pipes
Bath water takes some time to heat up, requiring you to place a large amount of water in your bathtub as you wait for the water to warm. If you insulate your pipes, you can prevent the water in your system from going deep into the cooler temperatures, and ensure there’s always warm water available for use in the home.
Use your dishwasher for only full loads
We know the average dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water per cycle. But some homeowners use their dishwashers to wash a small number of dishes. By waiting until the dishwasher is full to begin the cycle, you can minimize the number of washes and save a significant amount of water over the long-term.
Our leading plumbing experts are here to help partner with you in playing an active role in the World Water Day conservation work. To discover more about how to reduce your water use around the home, call our Pearland, TX experts at (281) 815-2322.