On March 11, people around the world will join together to promote World Plumbing Day, an annual event to recognize the role of plumbing in improving health and safeguarding the environment.
It’s important to keep in mind today – and always – that when it comes to water conservation, small adjustments can have a big impact. Here are some simple plumbing tips to help you cut down on daily water use, conserve energy and save money.
1. Fix your fixtures
Household leaks can waste up to 340 litres of water per day and can add 10 percent to your monthly water bill1. To avoid wasting water, make sure you turn your taps off all the way. If your taps continue to leak, have them repaired or replaced by a professional. Remember that most leaks get worse over time and having them repaired quickly is the best way to save water and money.
2. Reduce water usage in the shower
Low-flow showerheads are inexpensive and can significantly reduce water consumption. These water-saving showerheads use about 7 litres per minute, whereas inefficient models use about 19 litres per minute. Also try setting a shower timer to ensure you are efficient with your time. Shortening your shower for only two minutes can cut water use by 38 litres2.
3. Diagnose a leaky toilet
A leaky toilet can waste up to 757 litres of water each day, which is equivalent to 50 flushes. To test your toilet for leaks, drop some food colouring into the tank. If you see the colour seep in within 10 to 15 minutes, your tank has a leak3.
4. Wash dishes efficiently
A dishwasher uses less water than hand washing dishes in the sink. To conserve even more water and energy, try not to pre-rinse, wash only full loads and use the air-dry setting if you have one. Newer, more efficient dishwashers use 22 litres or less of water per cycle, whereas older models can use up to 60 litres2. Consider upgrading your equipment to save water, and electricity.
5. Modify your bedtime and wake up routine
Face washing and teeth brushing usually involves a running tap. Simply turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth or dry your face can save up to 30 litres of water in one use3.
6. Listen to your toilet
A gurgling toilet could be a sign that something is going wrong in the toilet tank or that underground roots are growing and placing pressure on your main drain. If you suspect a problem, have a professional fix it before your pipes break and must be replaced.
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