There is no resource more precious than water. There is also no resource that is misused, misunderstood and abused the way water is. Conserving water can extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. If there is a smaller amount of water flowing through these systems, there may be a lower likelihood of pollution.
Many people have had water-saving etiquette pumped into them ever since they were little, so hopefully we can add on to that etiquette by giving you some everyday water-saving strategies for your home and yard. There are many opportunities to conserve water at home. Probably the easiest and cheapest way to start saving water is by changing the washers on your sinks and showers, or get new washerless faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water a day. A leaking toilet can use 90,000 gallons of water in a month. So get out the wrench and start checking your faucets! All the water that goes down the drain, clean or dirty, ends up mixing with raw sewage, getting contaminated, and meeting the same fate. Start cultivating good water habits by turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving and always wash laundry and dishes with full loads. We are all notorious for keeping the faucet running while we clean vegetables. A great solution is rinsing them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water. Millions of people drink bottle water every day. In most first-world countries, the tap water is provided by a government utility and is test regularly. Bottled water is not as well regulated and studies have shown that it is not even particularly pure. Not only is it more expensive per gallon than gasoline, bottled water incurs a huge carbon footprint from its transportation, and the discarded bottles harm the environment. “Don’t spike the punch” as one might say, so don’t pour chemicals down drains, or flush drugs down toilets; it could come back in diluted form in your water. Every time you flush a cigarette butt or facial tissue, five to seven gallons of water is wasted. Going beyond the pipes in your house, it is also a good habit to conserve water in the yard and garden. Watering during the early morning is generally better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. Early watering, and late watering, also reduce water loss to evaporation. Watering early in the day is also an easy way to get rid of slugs and other garden pests. Try not to water when it is windy. Wind can blow sprinklers off target and speed evaporation. When you wash your car in the driveway you may not realize how much water you are using. By using the hose only for rinsing, you could save as much as 150 gallons when washing a car. Car washes are often more efficient than home washing and treat their water rather than letting it straight into the sewer system. Here are water conservation facts: by the numbers
- 2.5 gallons: The amount of water per person much of the world is allocated.
- $11.3 billion: The amount of money required to provide basic levels of service for drinking and waste water in Africa and Asia.
- 400 gallons: The amount of water the average American family uses per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
- 70 percent: The amount of worldwide water use that is allocated to farming; most of these farming irrigation systems operate at only 40 percent efficiency.
- $35 billion: The amount of money spent on bottle water in the most developed countries in the world.
- 2.7 tons: The amount of plastic used to bottle water. 86 percent become garbage or litter.
Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. Although there are water-saving appliances and water conservation systems such as rain barrels, drip irrigation and on-demand water heaters which are more expensive, the bulk of water saving methods can be achieved at little cost. Water conservation comes naturally when everyone is aware of its importance and take the proper action of simple water-saving methods around the home.
Here at Budget Dumpster, we take the proper methods of recycling any materials that are thrown into our roll off dumpsters. We ensure you that we take your waste to the proper transfer station. These are facilities that specialize in sorting garbage based on where it will eventually end up. So we make sure your plastic bottles or aluminum cans are removed from the general waste pile and processed separately.