How are you going to be spending this World Water Day? If the weather’s nice, maybe you'll take a trip to the pool with the family, or relax in the backyard with a tall glass of lemonade, or maybe wash your car?
While all these possibilities may seem quite different, there is a unifying theme, and that is water. Without safe water, you wouldn’t be able to do any of those activities, and that’s why there's a World Water Day, and why we’re going to be talking about it today.
A Water Crisis Around the World
Even with the droughts that have been happening here in California, most Americans still have clean water to drink, cook and clean with, and even swim in.
But not all Americans have this luxury, and some of them are among the 663 million people in the world who don’t have a source of safe water nearby, and who must travel long distances just to get water that’s clean enough to drink.
This is known as water scarcity or the water crisis, and it affects 1 in 10 people across the globe.
Celebrating World Water Day
To help combat the water crisis, the UN created World Water Day back in 1993, and it occurs every year on March 22. There is a special theme each year, and this year’s is wastewater because 80 percent of the wastewater that’s created around the world annually is returned to the ecosystem without being reused or properly treated.
There are lots of ways you can participate in World Water Day this year, including by doing things around the house to save water and reduce your consumption.
Wasted Water in American Homes
Americans alone are responsible for wasting a trillion gallons of water each year. This water comes from a number of sources, including leaky plumbing and bad habits.
For example, did you know that 2.5 gallons of water pour from the average faucet each minute? That means every time you leave the tap running when you're brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or even washing dishes in the sink; you're wasting several gallons of water.
Similarly, a single toilet flush can use up to 7 gallons of water, which explains why the average American family of four uses over 100 gallons of water per day on the toilet alone! You can reduce this number by installing low-flow toilets, or by placing full water bottles in your toilet tanks.
Reducing Water Waste by Checking for Leaks
Leaks around the house are a huge contributor to wasted water, and you can do your part by inspecting for leaks regularly and getting them fixed immediately when you find them. Common leak problems to check for include:
- Dripping faucets
- Running toilets
- Leaking irrigation systems
Want to be sure that you're not missing anything? Write down the number on your water meter, put a two-hour embargo on water use in the house, and check the meter again at the end of the two hours. If there's been a change in the reading, it’s because water is being lost somewhere.
This World Water Day, celebrate by doing your part to help solve the global water crisis. Here in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, All City Plumbing is proud to be your partner in this international day of observance, and we’ll be happy to help you contribute by fixing leaks, providing information, and spreading the word. To schedule an appointment to fix a leak, call us today at (909) 552-7550.