Each person who makes an effort to save water helps maintain groundwater supplies, reduce the amount of energy needed to treat and transport water, and even save money on their  water bill!  Earlier this summer an increase in water rates was put into effect in Baltimore City.  It’s been reported that a “typical” water and sewer bill for a family of four will increase by about $80 making your water bill of $181 per quarter jump to $201 per quarter.  The bottom line: water isn’t going to get any cheaper!

Here are 10 ways you’re wasting water:

1)      Using your toilet as a trash can.  Representing almost a third of a household’s total indoor consumption, toilets are the biggest source of water use in your home.  Every time you flush a facial tissue or feminine product, you waste five to seven gallons of water.  Not to mention flushing something other than human waste and toilet paper is bad for your pipes and drains!

2)      Taking baths and long showers.  Think of it this way, the average American shower uses 17.2 gallons of water and lasts up to 8 minutes–that’s a lot of water.

3)      Conventional showerheads.  You should consider switching to a low-flow showerhead, which uses about 2 gallons of water per minute.  This means the average 8 minute shower would only use approximately 10 gallons of water.

4)      Leaky pipes.  The US News reports that an average household can leak more than 10,000 gallons of water per year.  It’s important to keep an eye out for leaks around your toilet, faucets, hose bibbs, and any other plumbing fixture that you use often. 

5)      Laundry loads that are only half full.  Ensure that each load of laundry you do is pretty full.  This will be more cost effective in the long run.

6)      Running a dishwasher that’s not completely full.   Make sure your dishwasher is completely full before you run it.  In fact, you should consider running it on a “light” cycle if a “normal cycle” isn’t necessary.

7)      Washing dishes with running water.  Instead, fill up your sink with soap and water and let the dishes soak.  After a few minutes, go ahead and wash them off!

8)      Conventional Toilets.  If you have an older toilet, it could be using up to 2 gallons more water than a newer low flush or high efficiency toilet.

9)      Overwatering your lawn.  During the summertime, it’s best to water your lawn in the morning (5-10am) because the air is cooler and water evaporates slower.  Additionally, it’s really only necessary to water twice a week…MAX!

10)   Running the water while brushing your teeth.  If you have the habit of running the water when you’re brushing your teeth, simply remind yourself to turn it off.  If you think about it, there is no reason the water needs to be running.

If you want to save money on your next water bill and you want to start conserving water, give us a call!  We can install a low-flow showerhead or a low-flush toilet the same day you schedule your service.  We’re here for you 7 Days A Week at no extra cost on the weekend!