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Fixing Leaks Saving Water

Although most of the earth is covered with water, only 1% of that water is actually drinkable. In spite of its importance, drinkable water is often taken for granted. For many people, fresh water is as close as their faucets. This accessibility can give the illusion that the supply of drinkable water is unlimited. It also makes it easy for people to be unconcerned with all of the necessary treatment water undergoes prior to reaching their faucets.

Why Conserve Water?

"By 2013, 36 states are expecting local, regional and statewide water shortages even under non-drought conditions." - United States General Accounting Office

"The typical single-family suburban household uses at least 30 percent of their water outdoors for irrigation. Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of landscape water use goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by overwatering! Consider installing a drip irrigation system to water your lawn and garden. These systems use 20 to 50 percent less water than conventional in-ground sprinkler systems. They are also much more efficient than conventional sprinklers because no water is lost to wind, runoff or evaporation." - EPA, 2008

"Between 1900 and 1995, the rate of population growth raised two-fold. Global water consumption grew six-fold." -The Aquifer

"According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average residence uses 107,000 gallons of water each year. Less than 1 percent of the world's fresh water - only 0.007 percent of all the water on Earth - is readily available for human consumption." World Health Organization

"If just one percent of American homes replaced an older toilet with a new WaterSense labeled toilet, the country would save more than 38 million kilowatt-hours of electricity - enough electricity to supply more than 43,000 households for one month." - EPA, 2008

"By the year 2025, 48 countries are expected to face water shortages, affecting nearly 3 billion people 35 percent of the world's population." World Health Organization

"If one out of every 100 American homes was retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year - avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The greenhouse gas savings would be equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!" - EPA, 2008

"About 75 percent of the water we use in our homes is used in the bathroom." - California Energy Commission, 2006

"If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier, you probably have an inefficient model that uses between 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. Newer, high-efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gallons per flush - that's at least 60 percent less water per flush!" - EPA, 2008

"The U.S. Geological Survey says that the Western United States is experiencing the worst drought in 500 years, with water flows as low as maybe half the level of the Dust Bowl. The whole country is currently experiencing the worst drought since The Dust Bowl, and conditions are expected to worsen." -The Independent

"70 percent of water withdrawn from fresh water systems goes toward irrigation." World Health Organization

"The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to eight gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month." - EPA, 2008

"One third of the world's population lives in countries experiencing moderate to high water shortages. By 2025, more than two-thirds (5.8 out of 8 billion people) of the world's population are expected to suffer from water shortages. This will affect practically every country in the world including the United States." -The Aquifer, spring 2002, Volume 16, Number 4, Page 2, A Publication of the Groundwater Foundation

"Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours." - EPA, 2008

"The average washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load, whereas newer, high-efficiency washing machine models use less than 28 gallons of water per load." - EPA, 2008

"Today's dishwashers are about 95 percent more energy-efficient than those bought in 1972 - your old dishwasher may be costing you more money in energy bills than it would take to buy a new one." - Environment Canada, 2007

Take responsibility for your home or business. Fix leaks and take a good look at how much water is being used. Go room to room and use the following information to make smart, green changes.

Preventing Water Waste is Everyones Job

Some water leaks, such as a dripping faucet, are obvious. Other water leaks can be virtually invisible, such as a leaky toilet flapper valve or a leaky irrigation pipe in your yard. While this is not intended to address major plumbing problems, it is designed to give you an overview of how preventive maintenance and diligent repair are important aspects of water conservation. By following a little advice, youll be able to conserve water while you help keep your pipes, plumbing fixtures and water-using appliances in top shape. Water conservation shouldnt be something we think about only sometimes. As the competition for our most precious natural resource grows, lets make conserving water an everyday part of life in Minnesota.

Ways You and Your Family Can Conserve

  • Check all water-using appliances, equipment and other devices for leaks. Running toilets, dripping faucets, home water treatment units and outdoor sprinkler systems are common sources of leaks.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths.
  • Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Before pouring water down the drain, consider other uses for it, such as watering a plant or garden.
  • Wash full loads of laundry whenever possible.
  • Operate dishwasher only when completely full.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing them off.
  • Install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances.

Prevention Is Best But When Prevention Isnt Enough, Call The Professionals!

Do it yourself or if you are not sure how to repair this type of leak you should call a Minnesota plumber to avoid any further problems or before the leak gets worse.