No, I am not talking about bottled drinking water…I am talking about the water that comes out of your bathroom and kitchen faucets by the gallon when you are not looking. Most people leave the bathroom water running while they shave or brush their teeth, effectively sending money (and of course, water) down the drain. Sure, the money aspect of this only affects you if you pay your own water bill, but wasting water is not good for anyone either. So what if I told you could save thousands of gallons of water a year, along with a good amount of money, for a one time expense of about $2.00 (or less)?
Would you believe me?
At any home improvement or hardware store, you can go into their plumbing department and pick up what is called a faucet aerator or flow restrictor. This is a little screen that fits right onto your faucet that slows down the flow of water that normally comes pouring out. I know a lot of people don’t like taking showers with low-flow shower heads, but this is different…how much water do you really need to come out when you are brushing your teeth? A regular faucet without an aerator usually pours water at 3-4 gallons per minute. By installing a 1 gallon per minute screen, you could save 2-3 gallons of water per every minute you ever have your water running. Doesn’t sound like much? Two minutes brushing your teeth twice each day, with the water running, could waste 16 gallons of water per day. I wish that everyone could turn the water off after getting the brush wet, but I know not everyone does. 16 gallons per day, 365 days a year = 5,840 gallons of water potentially wasted just from that alone. I don’t know what you pay for water, but I am guessing that it’s not as cheap as it used to be.
So if you have a chance, stop by a hardware store and see about getting a few of these to put on the various faucets throughout your house. For a very small investment, you can save money and water…both of which are precious resources!