Information Source – Erin Ling, M.S., Virginia Household Water Quality Program, Virginia Master Well Owner Network, Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, 400 Seitz Hall (0303), Blacksburg, VA 24061. Contact at 540.231.9058. E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org. Websites – www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu.
- Yearly Fix-a-Leak Week! March 18th -24th. Every drop counts! More than 1 trillion gallons of water LEAK from US homes each year. For more information, access this website – http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html
- Here is more information about water leaks in the home – http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html
- One in 10 American homes has a leak that wastes more than 90 gallons per DAY!
- Water is very available in the U.S. and it CHEAP right now. The U.S. national average cost of tap water is about $2 per 1000 gallons ($.002 per gallon). (GWC -Perhaps this is why U.S. citizens are so wasteful.)
- If all Earth’s water could be placed into a one-gallon jug, the amount of this water representing fresh water, available for us to use, would equal about 1 tablespoon!
(Answers are provided at the bottom.)
- How much water does the average American family use around the home per day?
- How much water does the average sub-Saharan African use per day?
- Is fresh water a renewable resource?
- A renewable resource is any natural resource that can be replenished naturally with time.
- A finite amount of fresh water exists, and it can be used over and over again when processed through water cycle.
- Fresh water is not evenly distributed across the globe.
- Not all contaminants in fresh water can be easily or cheaply removed from water.
Distribution of the Earth’s Water:
Where Is Water Used In The Home?
WAYS TO CONSERVE WATER INDOORS
- Check for leaks by putting food coloring in the tank
- Reduce flushes per day –
- 1 less flush per person in the US would save enough water to create a lake one sq. mile and 4 feet deep every day!
- Upgrade! Old toilets are about 3-8 gallons per flush. New ones are about 1.6 gallons per flush. Upgrading will save 14,000 to 17,000 gallons a year per household.
- Install toilet tummy, bricks, or 2 liter bottle in tank (for old toilets)
- Get a timer! Reduce time spent in shower
- Install a low-flow shower head (2.5 gallons per minute or less)
- Bathe small kids together
- Reconsider baths which require about 36-50 gallons each!
- New dishwashers work well! Don’t wash the dishes before loading the dishwasher!
- Run dishwasher only when full.
- Faucets –
- Fix Leaks! One drip per second wastes 2,700 gallons per year!
- Install low-flow aerators in shower heads.
- Turn it off when not in use.
- Compost instead of using the garbage disposal.
- Use as little water as possible when cooking – steam instead of boiling.
- Consider purchasing HE model (about 23 gpm instead of 40).
- Use cold setting and detergent when possible.
- Pre-treat stains to avoid re-washing.
- Only wash full loads or adjust load size setting on machine.
- Air dry if possible (engery savings, not water).
WAYS TO CONSERVE WATER OUTDOORS
- Check for leaks – hoses, sprinklers, etc.
- Use the broom instead of a hose to clean areas, such as the driveway.
- Take your car to a carwash that recycles water.
- Install more permeable surfaces, such as pavers and bricks.
- Use a rain-barrel water for plants and gardens.
- Spread the awareness of water as a valuable resource! Speak to your children about it, serve as a good example, and speak up when you see ways that your community can conserve water
- Calculate your water footprint: http://www.waterfootprint.org
- Achieve Water Conservation
- Change Your Habits
- Little or no cost
- Quick effect
- Sometimes temporary…..
- Buy Water-Saving Appliances or fixtures
- Can be expensive
- Most easily installed
- Very effective
- Often permanent
- Change Your Habits
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS
Q: How much water does the average American family use around the home each day? A: More than 300 gallons! Americans consume water at twice the average of our industrialized counterparts! The average American uses 70-90 gallons of water each day.
Q: How much does the average European use? A: 50 gallons.
Q: How much water does the average sub-Saharan African use per day? A: 3-5 gallons.
Your “Water Footprint” represents ALL of the water that you use – both directly and indirectly. Water that you use “directly” is liquid water. Water you use “indirectly” is that used to make all of the products you consume. Q: Including products consumed, how much water does an average American use per year? A: 660,000 gallons. That is enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool!
Q: How much water does it take to make one automobile? A: Over 40,000 gallons. (That’s why it’s a big deal when an auto manufacturing plant says it recycles all of the water it uses to use again at the same plant — that’s a big deal!)
Q: How much water does it take to grow or make….
- One pound of sugar? A: 475 gallons
- One pound of rice? A: 660 gallons
- One gallon of milk? A: 264 gallons
- One pound of of beef? A: 4070 gallons
Q: How much more expensive is bottled water than tap water? A: Bottled water costs the the buyer about 200 times more than tap water!