Water is everywhere. You drink it to hydrate your body. You use it to cook food and make drinks. It’s one of the most ubiquitous ingredient in the products you use—soap, moisturizer, perfume, shaving foam.
If it’s not part of the ingredients, it was most likely used in the making of the product. The world uses an estimated 4.5 trillion liters of water every year, and that number is rapidly rising every day. Unfortunately, the dwindling water supply can hardly keep up.
What draining the earth’s wells? The planet is 76 percent, but only 2 percent of that is consumable by living beings. Out of the 2 percent, only 1 percent is accessible. The rest is stuck in polar ice caps. About 59 percent of accessible freshwater is used industries while 33 percent is used in irrigation. The remaining 8 percent is used in households.
Manufacturers and businesses are responsible for curtailing their water usage, but every person has a duty to conserve water. This comprehensive infographic will show you how you can do your part.
The average American household with four members consumes 400 gallons of water a day. Most of the water usage occurs in the bathroom. You shower alone eat up 2.5 gallons per minute. That means a 30-minute shower can consume approximately 75 gallons of water. Changing to a low-flow showerhead can cut down half a gallon every minute of use.
Standard faucets use 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm), but installing an aerator can reduce that to 0.5 gpm. Old toilets also contribute to high water consumption. Outdated models are inefficient and can use 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush.
On the other hand, low-flush toilets only use 1 to 1.28 gallons per flush. Consider replacing your model with a water-efficient Saniflo toilet. You can also convert your old toilet to low-flush system.
You can change every fixture in your house to be more water-efficient, but it won’t do much if you don’t change the way you use water.
Infographic via Saniflo Depot
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