April showers bring May flowers... and higher utility bills!
The flowers are blooming, grass is growing, birds are singing.... and people are watering their yards! This is a perfect time to think about water conservation and to make some changes before your pocketbook and the environment are both affected.
- Bathrooms are the largest use of water in the home, using more than 50 percent of all indoor water.
- Approximately 5-10 percent of US homes have easy-to-fix leaks that drip away 90 gallons a day or more.
- Residential outdoor water use across the US accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation.
- Heating water is typically the second largest use of energy in a home (after space heating and cooling).
- Each American uses an average of 88 gallons of water a day at home.
- If an average sized lawn is watered for 20 minutes every day for 7 days, it’s like running the shower constantly for 4 days or taking more than 800 showers - the amount of water needed for the average family to take 1 year's worth of showers.
- As much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is lost due to wind, evaporation, and runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. A home with a landscape irrigation system that isn't properly maintained and operated can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water annually.
- If the irrigation system is well managed, a household's irrigation water use can be reduced by 15 percent, or nearly 7,600 gallons of water, annually. That's the amount of water needed to take 480 showers.
What can you do?
- Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only.
- Don't let the water run when you brush your teeth or shave.
- Don't wash dishes while running water; stopper your sink and save water.
- Replace leaking faucets and shower heads.
- Repair leaks and replace faulty sprinkler heads.
- Talk to your families about necessary changes to your household habits.
- Learn about water conservation by visiting the city's website and other water conservation sites.
- Shenandoah website
- Texas Water Development Board
- EPA WaterSense