H2O Did You Know?
Norwalk, CT — Did you know that water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute; and older shower heads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute?
Due to ongoing drought conditions throughout Connecticut, there is a water emergency here in Norwalk. So we thought this was a good time to share 5 water conservation ideas you can do at home and/or in your office.
1. Instead of letting the water pour down the drain, stick a bucket under the faucet while you wait for your shower water to heat up. You can use the water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.
2. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.
3. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until they’re full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.
4. Keep an eye on your bill to spot leaks. If your water bill spikes suddenly, there’s a good chance that a leak is the culprit. Call in a plumber to check your lines to save water and cash!
5. Older toilets use a lot of water. You can reduce your usage by sinking a half gallon jug of water in the toilet tank. (Do NOT use a brick, because it will break down and the sediment can damage your tank.)
Send your ideas to Catherine@tfienvision.com and we’ll share them in upcoming releases.
In the United States in 2010, we used about 275 billion gallons of surface water per day, and about 79.3 billion gallons of groundwater per day. Although surface water is used more to supply drinking water and to irrigate crops, groundwater is vital in that it not only helps to keep rivers and lakes full, it also provides water for people in places where visible water is scarce, such as in desert towns of the western United States.*
* HTTP: //WATER.USGS.GOV/