Next Generation Science Standards:
- MS-ESS3-4. C
Every day, we use large quantities of water in our homes for routine tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and washing. A shower uses about five gallons of water per minute, brushing teeth uses about one gallon per minute, and 3 gallons are used every time we flush the toilet.
These are, of course, an essential part of modern life, things that cannot be avoided. But as the world’s human population increases, the demand for clean, fresh water will only grow. Since we still need water to drink and grow food, this could lead to some major international problems such a more refugees and armed conflict.
However, there are ways in which to reduce the amount of water we waste. For example you can install a low-flow shower head that could reduce water consumption by as much as 60% while proving no less effective. When washing dishes or clothes in machines, just wait until they are almost full before turning them on, as operating a half-load will use the same amount of water, meaning that a lot of it is wasted. When brushing your teeth or shaving, there’s no need to leave the faucet running.
Take a look at this infographic from Nature’s Water to find out other ways in which you can reduce the consumption of water in your home without having to compromise on those essential tasks for which water is required. These handy tips are all extremely easy to implement and will save not just water but money too!