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Your Shower May Be The Biggest Tool For Water Conservation

Aug 28, 2008
Another way to limit the amount of water used in the shower is to switch to a low flow showerhead. Low flow showerheads available on the market today are emitting amounts of water as low as one gallon per minute. Older showerheads can emit as much as five or more gallons per minute. Those with fancier bathrooms with the multiple showerheads aimed to get every crevice of your body naturally takes up even more water. The purpose of a shower is to get rid of toxins and dirt off of your body. Using more than one showerhead is extremely wasteful in the long run, especially if used every day. Taking luxurious baths and showers every now and then can be indulged in, as long as it is not part of your daily routine.

While we're on the subject of low flow devices, another thing you can do to help conserve water is switching to a low flow toilet. Before the 1950s, toilets used as much as seven gallons of water per flush. Toilet companies, backed by government and municipal water regulations and laws, have improved our water efficiency since then, and standard toilets nowadays usually take about two gallons per flush. The latest low flow toilets are designed to take about 1.68 gallons per flush, which can amount to a large amount of water in the long run, especially if you have a big family.

A bad habit that we do sometimes is leave the water in the sink running while we go about shaving, washing our face, or brushing our teeth. If you are shaving, you can fill up the sink no more than halfway with water to rinse off your razor between strokes. Swish the razor around when it's submerged in the water to get rid of the debris between the blades, especially if you have a multiple-blade razor. If you are doing your daily facial cleansing, then make sure the water is not running when you are scrubbing that exfoliating cream on your face. If you are brushing your teeth, make sure you turn the water off. Now, this may seem like common sense, but an astounding amount of people leave the water running without thinking about it simply because they forget to turn it off. Leaving the water running when it shouldn't be on adds up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.

Do your part to help conserve this precious resource for your well-being and for the well-being of future generations.
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