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How Can We Save Water in Our Daily Lives?

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Water is a necessity for life on the planet and an abundance of daily activities from taking a shower to washing the dishes. Yet according to the United States Geological Survey, only 3% of the Earth’s water is freshwater. More alarmingly, just 1.2% of this freshwater is usable by humans, as the rest is contained in ice caps, glaciers, and underground. Because of the importance of freshwater, conservation becomes integral. To limit the waste of water and protect it as a valuable resource for the future, here are a few tips to help you save water in your daily life.

Run the Dishwasher and Washer Only When They’re Full

A foolproof method to limit your daily water usage is to only run the dishwasher and washer when they’re full. This means that instead of doing your laundry on a specific day, you should switch to an as-needed basis. You might also need to eat a few meals before hitting the power button on your dishwasher

Buy a Rainwater Tank

Whether you’re an avid gardener or you just love the curb appeal of a green lawn and lush landscaping, chances are you turn to the hose more often than not. However, you can save water by purchasing a rainwater tank. This tank fills naturally with each downpour, allowing you to hook up a hose or use the nozzle to water your plants, shrubs, and yard.

Turn Off the Tap When Brushing Your Teeth or Shaving

Most people adhere to the age-old rule of brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy and pearly-white. But when it comes to the tap, make sure to shut it off. Doing so effectively saves 3 gallons of water in just 4 minutes. Use the same idea when shaving in the morning to conserve even more water.

Reusing Cooking Water

If you eat pasta consistently, you’re left with a pot of hot water afterward. But don’t pour that water down the drain. Instead, wait until it cools and use it to water your vegetable garden, landscaping, or houseplants.

Fix Leaky Pipes or a Running Toilet

Some estimates show that leaky pipes or a running toilet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water annually. While some leaky pipes are difficult to diagnose due to their location, conducting yearly preventive maintenance and plumbing inspection can uncover these water-wasting culprits. A constantly running toilet is easily amended by fixing the float or changing some of the other components inside the toilet tank.

Turn Off the Water When Doing Dishes

If you don’t have a dishwasher or you have to remove excessive gunk from your dishes, you’re stuck with washing dishes the old-school way — by hand. Yet you don’t need to run the water continuously when doing so. Instead, fill one side of the sink with soapy water and use it to wash your dishes. Use the tap only when rinsing, and you’ll save a ton of water each time you wash.

With these easy-to-apply rules, tips, and routines, you can start to save the world’s most precious resource — one drop at a time.

Express Plumbing a division of EPS Inc. has been serving the Bay Area’s residential, commercial, and municipal sector since 1989. We care about our environment and strive to educate all our customers about the importance of water conservation.

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Water Saving Tips for Homeowners

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Water supplies are limited, we are urged everyday to be water wise by reducing the amount of water we use in and around our home.  Use some of these water saving tips to help you conserve water, and lower your bills at the same time.

Now, we all know that water is essential to our everyday lives, but here are some minor changes we can each make to change our daily habits.


Saving Water Inside The Home

  1. Wait until you have full loads of laundry instead of running the machine half full.  This can save up to 50 gallons per week.
  2. Get plumbing leaks repaired fast, the longer you have a water leak, the more water you are wasting.  Fixing a leak quickly can save up to 20 gallons per week.
  3. We all enjoy a nice long shower, but cutting down the amount of time we spend in the shower by 5 minutes, can result in 8 gallons of water savings per week.
  4. Being water wise can be as simple as turning off the faucet instead of leaving it running while we brush our teeth.

The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) offers multiple water conservation rebate programs to help you use water efficiently indoor and outdoor. Visit: http://bawsca.org/conserve/rebates

The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) offers multiple water conservation rebate programs to help you use water efficiently indoor and outdoor.
Visit: http://bawsca.org/conserve/rebates

Water Saving Tips Around the Home

  1. If you’re in California, you more than likely got the memo from your local city urging you to water your lawn a maximum of two times per week instead of everyday.  This water saving tip can save up to 840 gallons per week.
  2. Inspect your sprinkler system regularly to make sure there aren’t any leaks, this includes the sprinkler heads on your hose.  It’s best to turn the water off at the source and not let it sit in the hose with a broken sprinkler head.  Over 400 gallons per month are saved if you make this simple inspection a habit.
  3. Water plants early in the morning, this is better for your plants, a great water and money saving tip since it results in a savings of up to 40 gallons per day.
  4. Another great outdoor tip would be to alternate the use of a broom instead of a hose when cleaning the driveway.  Every Time you use a broom instead of a hose, you can be saving up to 25 gallons of water each day.

If you’re doing your part, tell your friends and neighbors about it, and urge them to do the same.  

As a respected Bay Area Plumbing company in San Mateo CA.  We’ve been serving our local community since 1989.  We are always providing our clients with tips, product options, and advice that help them conserve our much needed water and save them money.

Do you have other ideas and tips you’re implementing that can help others? Send us a quick message and let us know, we’d love to tell everyone else to do the same.

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