Reducing Home Water Footprint
Water is quickly trending toward becoming a scarcer and scarcer commodity. Many areas are being introduced to severe restrictions on water usage, and this forces many consumers to consider ways to reduce water consumption.
At Ashton Tucker, we’re here to help with water conservation – not only for the good of the consumer, but for the good of the planet as well. Our water treatment equipment has several conservation elements included. Let’s look at several simple ways you can save water around your home and reduce your water footprint.
This one seems obvious, but some people don’t realize the full extent to which fixing leaks can conserve water. Running taps and toilets can cause you to waste thousands of gallons of water per year. Read your water meter when you know there’s no water being used, and see if it’s still turning – if so, this could mean you have a leak that’s costing you money and damaging your conservation efforts.
Hard water can be damaging to appliances, which can shorten their lifespan and increase your footprint. Soft water is easier to lather with, which will shorten shower time and lower water usage. You’ll also spend less on shampoo, soaps and detergents with a water softener installed.
Use drip feed and efficient spray heads for irrigation to avoid water loss due to evaporation. Water the garden at smart times – generally early in the morning. Ensure sprayers are only hitting the garden, and not the paving or the road nearby.
If possible in your area, consider well water to reduce costs and alleviate pressure on city water systems.
Look for water-efficient washing machines and dishwashers, and only run these when you have a full load. Consider low-flow toilets, which average about 1.6 gallons of water per flush compared to 3.5 gallons for older toilet types.
Installing aerators in taps and shower heads is a great way to lower your footprint. An aerator will save up to 30 percent of your water usage in a given fixture without showing a noticeable difference in performance.
For more on lowering your water footprint, or to find out about our water and wastewater processing equipment, contact the pros at Ashton Tucker today.