How Water Wise Are You?
Ban the Bottle does not only promote banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and hydration, but also stresses the importance of water conservation as our continents continually sees decreasing levels of available clean drinking water for its inhabitants. Many factors contribute to this ongoing issue such as global warming, contamination, and wastefulness.
Depending on your viewpoints, one could say that we humans are at fault for the creation of these environmental problems, yet others think it is a part of the evolutionary plan. Either way, we can help on an individual level by putting a stop to our wasteful acts.
First, we need to recognize the extent of how much water we use every day. Take a minute to think about your daily routine. You wake up, use the bathroom, brush your teeth, shower, and maybe have a glass of water.
On average, each time you flush the toilet you are flushing 3 gallons of water down the pipes.
If you leave the sink running while you brush your teeth, break that habit now! It is one of the more wasteful acts because you are not even using the water! When one brushes their teeth (but turns the faucet off!) they tend to use 4-8 ounces of water.
Showers. Many underestimate the amount of water used when bathing. The average showerhead has a flow rate of 2.5 gallon of water per minute! If you take a 10 minute shower, you are using up at least 25 gallons of water! To stress this, visualize filling up the bathtub to the rim. The standard bathtub holds around 24 gallons of water.
By cutting down your shower time by only 2 minutes, you can save up to 5 gallons of water.
So far, the average person has used around 30 gallons of water and this is only
the first part of your day! Not to mention washing machine use, dishwashers,
and sprinkler systems in the summer.
Many of us underestimate and take advantage of the abundant water supply we have. Over 750 million people do not have access to clean drinking water let alone water for hygiene or bathing.
I hope each one of you can take all this information into consideration and change at least one thing out of your daily routine to help conserve water on our planet.
If you want to find out how much water your entire household uses each day, fill out this form: Household Water Usage