According to the Environmental Protection Agency, less than 1% of the earth’s water is deemed suitable for drinking water. About 97% is ocean or sea water, thus containing salt, and the other 2% is frozen.
Rarely do we think of water as a finite resource, yet much of the world doesn’t have access to clean, safe drinking water at all – about 780 million people.
Now, during National Drinking Water Week, we have an opportunity to reinforce or develop new habits designed to avoid wasting water. Here are several ideas from the professionals at Connor Plumbing:
In the Home
- Replace regular faucets, shower heads, and even toilets with water-efficient low-flow models.
- Shorten the length of your shower to 5 minutes, or as close to it as possible. And turn the water off while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Certain chemicals in household cleaners are harmful to aquatic life. Check with your local recycling facility on proper disposal. Better yet, make your own natural and safe DIY cleaners.
In the Yard
- Put out a rain barrel to catch rain water, then use it to water your lawn or garden.
- Plant flowers and shrubbery that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep or watering to thrive.
- Let the grass grow a little longer. It will shade the soil which will keep more water in, and in turn, require less watering.
On the Go
- When you see litter, pick it up so it doesn’t end up in streams, lakes, and rivers.
- Talk to your boss about ways you can conserve water at work.
- Instead of pouring unfinished water from a bottle down the drain, use it to water a plant or pour it in your pet’s water bowl.
At Connor Plumbing, we offer several water conservation products, complete with our professional installation services. For more information about our low-flow toilets, low-flow faucets, and other water conservation ideas, contact us today.