On March 11, people around the world will join together to promote World Plumbing Day, an annual event to recognize the role of plumbing in improving health and safeguarding the environment. This year, the event is especially significant as it’s the final year of the UN’s Water for Life Decade, a ten-year initiative encouraging countries all over the world to prioritize water sustainability.
This is the perfect time to remind people that when it comes to water conservation, small adjustments can have a big impact. Here are some simple plumbing tips to help you cut down on daily water use, conserve energy and save money.
- Fix your fixtures. A dripping tap can waste up to 15 gallons of water per day and can add approximately $15 to your monthly water bill. To avoid wasting water, make sure you turn your taps off all the way. If your taps continue to leak, have them repaired or replaced. Remember that most leaks get worse over time and having them repaired quickly is the best way to save water and money.
- Listen to your toilet. A gurgling toilet could be a sign that something is going wrong in the toilet tank or that underground roots are growing and placing pressure on your main drain. If you suspect a problem, have a professional fix it before your pipes break and must be replaced. Be prepared for the unexpected with EnerCare’s Plumbing and Drains Protection Plan, an annual plan that will protect against unforeseen and costly repairs.
- Use a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads are inexpensive, easy to install and can significantly reduce water consumption. You can even go the extra mile and set a shower timer. Shortening your showers for only two minutes can cut water use by 10 gallons.
- Wash dishes efficiently. A dishwasher uses a third less water than hand washing dishes in the sink. To conserve even more water and energy, try not to pre-rinse, wash only full loads and use the air-dry setting if you have one.
- Diagnose a leaky toilet. According to Environment Canada the toilet is the home’s biggest water waster. Flushing accounts for 30 per cent of daily home water usage and a leaky toilet that continues to run can waste up to 200,000 litres of water a year. To test your toilet for leaks, drop some food colouring into the tank. If you see the colour seep in within 10 to 15 minutes, your tank has a leak.
Hope these tips help!