Water Conservation Blog

How often do you think about how much water you use per day? You probably briefly consider it when you turn on the shower to warm up, or when you turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth (please tell me all of you do this).
But do you have any idea how much water you are either saving or wasting when you make choices every day? What if your faucet leaks? Just a few drips, can’t be that bad right? Wrong.
The average American household uses 350 gallons of water per day.
• A running toilet wastes up to 200 gallons of water per day.
• A standard toilet uses 3.5 gallons per flush.
• Toilet use accounts for 30% of daily water supply.
• A shower head that leaks 10 drips per minute will waste 60 gallons per month.

• A leaking faucet wastes 35 gallons per month.
• On average 10 gallons of your water use per day is lost to leaks.
• It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub and a shower uses about 10 gallons a minute.

If there are 50 leaking toilets in PPM’s Gold Coast buildings, that adds up to 10,000 gallons of water per day or 3.5 million gallons per year. That’s enough water to fill the swimming pool at 1111 N. Dearborn 200 times.

Why should you think about water conservation? Well, for one it saves you money the less water you use. This is the most obvious and most directly beneficial reason for you to think about your water use. And if that isn’t enough:

• Nearly 2/3 of the world’s population will experience water shortages by 2025.
• 884 million people lack access to clean water (nearly 3 times the U.S. population).

Water use is becoming more and more of a concern as the population grows. Please be conscious not only of the water you use on a daily basis (a good link for tracking your water use: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/local/water-use/) but also whether or not your apartment has any leaks. Building engineers will be conducting inspections in the near future to ensure that faucets are not leaking but in the meantime, report any leaking or dripping faucets and any running toilets to your building engineer immediately. The costs for these problems are felt by you in the form of lost money and globally by creating further water shortages around the world.
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