So next time you are maybe sitting at the cabin bathroom in Shawanoo, WI or maybe a hotel room while visiting Minneapolis, MN for the weekend remember these following facts from ChelseaGreen.
But consider this: clean water requires huge amounts of energy to be chemically treated and pumped into our homes; it uses up groundwater, which puts stress on woodlands and causes damage to wildlife habitats in wetlands and rivers; and although it may seem abundant, many regions will need to keep a substantial supply on hand to stave off water shortages and summer water rationing.
This precious resource is literally going down the crapper.
- Over a quarter of all the clean, drinkable water you use in your home is used to flush the toilets.
- Older toilets can use 3 gallons of clean water with every flush, while new toilets use as little as 1 gallon.
- Many people in the world exist on 3 gallons of water day or less. We can use that amount in one flush of the toilet.
Here are 5 steps you can take to reduce your water usage (also excerpted from Water):
Clean water is just another part of the world. Energy conservation from heating and cooling our homes is another huge part. Geothermal heating/cooling systems can save your home another 30-70%. So start with flushing a little less down the toilet, then move on to a larger item like heating and cooling your home.
1. Remember the rhyme: “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.” You will save a lot of water!
2. If you have an old toilet, you can reduce the amount of water it uses by putting a “displacement device” in the tank. Use small plastic bottles filled with water or a displacement bag designed for toilet tanks. Displacement bags may be available free from your local water department or can be purchased from a hardware store.
3. Avoid flushing anything down the toilet that has not previously passed though your digestive system, apart from toilet paper – it’s a waste of water and might block the sewer. Bag it and bin it.
4. Choose a slimline toilet rather than a full-size toilet; they use a lot less water per flush.
5. When you are buying a new toilet, look for a dual-flush toilet, or a low-flush toilet, which uses only 1.6 gallons per flush.