Seattle's in the midst of one of the worst droughts in its recorded history and while water usage restrictions aren't technically in effect, the city and its neighbor to the north, Everett, have asked residents to reduce their water consumption by 10% in order to offset further reductions to the region's water supply. Preserving water during times of drought is a moral and civic responsibility, so it's your job to keep your plumbing operating efficiently and without leaks. Here's how to reduce your water consumption during drought and prevent water waste.
No Leak is Too Small
If you've been waiting for an excuse to fix that slow, barely noticeable leak in your kitchen sink, now's the time. Even the slowest leaks can lose up to 20 gallons of water per hour, which is a massive blow to both your water bill and the general water supply.
Dripping pipes, lose connections, and weak seals can all cause severe water leaks if left untended. Take a proactive approach to your plumbing and upgrade your system as needed - otherwise you may come home to a flood.
Upgrade Your Fixtures
Unless you've got a brand-new showerhead, chances are the majority of your water waste is due to an inefficient bath fixture. Conservation-friendly showerheads can provide the same pressure and comfort of inefficient showerheads (and sometimes even better results) while using significantly less water, so it's definitely worth the investment.
Sink faucets are also prime culprits for water loss, so consider replacing them to minimize your environmental impact during extended dry periods. Your community, your family, and your wallet will thank you.
Use Less Water
However beautiful your flowers and plants are, they aren't necessary in many cases. Reducing your water usage all around your home will have a huge impact on the state of the water supply in your area, so shorter showers, only running full dishwasher loads, and reducing toilet flushes should all be points of emphasis.
Reusing and recycling water is also a good idea, so consider installing rain barrels to use for your yard and plants during next year. After all, it's never too late to start saving water.
Ready to reduce your water usage and improve your plumbing for years to come? Contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating today for a complete system analysis and renovation before your water loss results in possible fines in the future.