Did you know that 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water? However, only about 1% of it is freshwater which can be used for drinking and domestic consumption. According to the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Canadians use 335 liters of water per person every day! This is the equivalent of 670 500 ml water bottles. We use over twice as much water as Europeans. About 10% is used for cooking and drinking, 35% for bathing, 30% for toilet flushing, and 25% for laundry and cleaning. How we are wasting water at home is a very important topic.
What can we do to reduce water waste? You can reduce your water usage by replacing dripping faucets, taking shorter showers, or shutting off the tap while brushing your teeth. Developing better habits and conserving water can also help you save on your water bill.
Our Old fixtures, inefficient appliances, faulty plumbing, and bad habits waste a lot of water every day. An older toilet with a faulty flapper valve can waste gallons of water per hour as it constantly runs and refills the tank.
Flushing Trash Down Toilet
Toilets are the biggest source of water use in your home. Did you know your toilet uses nearly a third of your household’s indoor supply? Every time you flush a facial tissue or feminine product, you waste five to seven gallons of water. Flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper can clog your pipes and drains.