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Make Your Bathroom Water Effecient

Aug 28, 2008
Our water sources are depleting at a very rapid pace. Scientists say we are using up the water that comes from the aquifers that run underneath the United States faster than we can replenish them. Can you believe that the largest aquifer, the Ogallala, is being depleted by some 13 trillion gallons per year? It is an astonishing and unimaginable number, but it is happening, and it is happening very fast.

To combat water shortages, we must do everything in our power to conserve this precious resource. Water is all around us and is at our disposal whenever we need it and perhaps is the key reason to why we take advantage of it. Water is available with just a turn of the knob at the sink. We use it for cooking our soups and other dishes. We use it for bathing and showering. We use it for yard maintenance and for keeping our garden healthy. We use it to wash our cars. There are places, sad as it is, in this world that do not have access to fresh, clean water at all times. Can you even begin to imagine what it would be like to not have water in your life?

Of all the water that is used in the home, about 2/3 of it is used in the bathroom. Since that is the part of our home where water is used the most, here are some very easy tips you can start implementing in your daily routine to combat water shortages.

First, make sure all of the plumbing in your bathroom is working properly. A tiny leak can go a very long way. A drop of water dripping out of your faucet can add up to a bigger amount than you can imagine, depending on the severity of the leak. If you can't fix it yourself, then consider hiring a plumber to fix it for you.

The shower utilizes a vast amount of water everyday. Depending on the size of your family and the frequency of use, it can be the biggest water consumer in the bathroom. Take a look at how long you are showering. Are you taking half an hour showers? Does your showerhead gush out more than 2 gallons per minute, or do you have multiple showerheads installed for that one shower? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it is time to evaluate and change your showering habits.

If you are used to taking long showers, start taking off 5 minutes every few days until you are able to get in and out of the shower in 5-10 minutes. It may seem like a hassle at first, but you'll start to appreciate the extra time you've cut that can be devoted to something else, like reading, packing a lunch, or catching a few extra minutes of sleep.
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