As adults we know what showering until the water heater runs cold does to the water and energy bill.
At work, wasting water is expensive too. Most employers pay both a water bill and a sewage bill. Pumps used to keep the water flowing run up the electric bill. There is also pay for the natural gas or electric to make water hot.
Minimizing the amount of water used helps insure that there will be clean water for generations to come.
There are things that everyone can do to help reduce the waste of water.
• Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year.
• Install aerators with flow restrictors on all faucets.
• If the toilet handle sticks in the flush position letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
• Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded. Set the water level for the size of load you are using.
• Take shorter showers. Replace your showerhead with a low-flow version.
• Insulate your hot water pipes. You'll get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
• Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Don't let the tap run while you are waiting for cool water to flow.
• Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
• Don't allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position them so water lands on the lawn and garden... not the paved areas.
• Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom or blower to clean leaves and other debris from these areas.
• When you wash your own car, park on the grass and use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
• Use all the water you need, but turn it off when you are done.
• Drinking fountains should shut the water completely off when you have had your fill.
• Restrooms flush valves should stop the water flow in 3 to 5 seconds. If the water runs longer the valve needs to be repaired.
• Check sink and shower valves that you use to make sure that they close.
• Folks sometimes leave the hot water running in rest rooms and shower rooms to just keep the water from cooling off in the pipes.
Wasting water hits the budget four times. The water meter counts every gallon, for the water bill and the sewer bill. Excess natural gas or electricity is used to heat the wasted water. The electric meter counts every kilowatt used to pump the extra water.
Water conservation is good for the environment and is good business.