Don’t let your water and money go down the drain! The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting National Fix-a-Leak Week to inform everyone about the importance of saving water. Americans with leaky plumbing — even minor leaks — waste 1 trillion gallons of water every year! That’s a staggering statistic that most people aren’t aware of. Here are some more:
Drippy Shower Heads Waste Water
If your shower head is leaking at the rate of one drop a second, it could be wasting up to 500 gallons of water every year. You can conserve water by turning off the shower while you lather up, then turning it on to rinse. It’s also a good idea to have it inspected by a professional plumber to make sure all the components are in good working order.
Leaky Bath Tubs Are Worse
A bath tub with leaky faucets can waste over 3,000 gallons of water a year! If you’re a dedicated soaker, get a plumber out to take a look at your bath tub’s plumbing. Washers and gaskets could need to be replaced, or there could be a more serious problem that a pro would be able to identify.
We Need to Start Saving Now
For all the water that’s on Earth, you’d think we would have plenty to drink. However, as the world’s population increases, safe drinking water is becoming more crucial than ever. Only 1% of the water on our planet is drinkable; the rest is permanently frozen, or salty. Let’s conserve water now for our future generations!