About 75 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, but it may surprise you to know that only 1 percent of the water on the planet is usable for humans. Without water, life cannot exist, so it is vitally important for both current and future generations to carefully maintain and conserve our planet’s supply of fresh water. Solving the larger issue of global water conservation can begin in a very small way, with water savings in our homes. Here are a few simple and practical ways you can reduce your water usage and contribute to overall water savings that will benefit you and your environment.
- Get informed with the WaterSense program: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program offers information on non-agricultural water conservation, water-saving equipment, and other topics related to saving water and managing the existing water supply. WaterSense also provides identifying labels for water-efficient plumbing fixtures and equipment.
- Use water-saving plumbing fixtures: Replace existing plumbing fixtures with low-flow styles that use less water but give you the same performance. Install low-flow showerheads that meet federal standards of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less. Put in water-saving sink faucets that reduce water flow to at least 2.5 gpm, or 1.5 gpm in WaterSense-labeled faucets.
- Install low-flow toilets: Use toilet systems that limit water flow, such as WaterSense-qualified ultra low-flow toilets (1.3 gallons per flush), dual-flush toilets (0.8 to 1.1 gpf for flushing liquid waste, 1.3 to 1.6 gpf for flushing solid waste), or pressure-assist toilets (0.8 to 1.0 gpf). Composting toilets may be an even better option since they use very little water to process waste.
- Practice daily water conservation: Turn off faucets when you’re not using them. Use less water for household tasks when possible. Limit lawn watering, car washing, and other high-volume water consumption.
Roth Heating & Cooling has served the HVAC and plumbing needs of customers in Portland, and other Oregon communities for more than 35 years Contact us today for information on water conservation and how low-flow fixtures can help you save money while benefiting the environment with lowered water usage.