Use Less Water at Home
As more people are staying home and using water, remember to optimize your water use inside and outside your home.
- Check for leaks
- Set a timer for your showers
- Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth
- Skip pre-rinsing dishes
- Only run your dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads
- Use a leaf blower instead of water to clean off your driveway
Check for Leaks
Leaks not only waste water, they can be costly too. Ongoing leaks can harm your home and the environment. Loudoun Water encourages customers to actively check for leaks to avoid wasting water, time and money.
A high usage pattern could be indicative of a leak. Oftentimes, constant water usage can be a minor, easily-corrected issue. Items such as dripping faucets, toilets not sealing fully, or outside irrigation systems that aren’t functioning properly would cause continuous usage.
The increased water consumption can be harmful to both the environment and your home.
Toilets are the most common source of household leaks. In many cases, a toilet leak is silent, making it difficult to spot. These leaks can range in size from less than a gallon per hour to multiple gallons per hour. Often a toilet leak can be repaired with inexpensive parts.
Worn parts or loose water supply connections are common causes for faucet leaks. Leaks may be obvious, such as a persistent drip, or more inconspicuous, such as a leak under the sink. Persistent dripping can be frustrating but hidden leaks can cause significant water damage to walls and ceilings if not identified quickly. Either way, do not ignore the signs of faucet leaks. Often, it’s actually easy to repair and can be done by the homeowner.
Showering is one of the leading ways that we use water inside the home. According to the EPA, showering accounts for up to 17 percent of residential indoor water use which for the average family adds up to about 40 gallons of water per day. Most newer homes have water-efficient shower heads installed that will help to conserve water and save on energy.
Did you know that the average household could save more than 2,900 gallons per year by installing a water-efficient shower head?