It is not news that water wastage across the world is unnecessarily high. And while some countries are literally drought stricken, other countries take their water supplies for granted. It is easy to take water for granted, as it flows so freely out of the tap. We forget that in some countries, such as those in the third world, water is a luxury item, and one that people may have to walk miles for to carry back in the dust and heat.
It is not possible to tell if water is safe to drink until proper tests have been performed on supply. It is estimated that U.S citizens use approximately 205 billion gallons of water daily for household, industrial and agricultural uses. This is an awful lot of water! Which percentages could all be reduced by making a few small changes around the home?
Drinking water purification systems are necessary to provide safe and healthy water and additional systems in the home are put in place to increase the quality of the water.There are many water saving devices now on the market designed to reduce water pressure and flow and hence, the amount of water used. Most of these are inexpensive and easy to install. Low flow faucet aerators are cheap and easy to install, and work by reducing the water flow and increasing water pressure, then mixing air with the water as it comes out of the tap.
Even though less water is being used, it will seem like the flow is stronger. A traditional faucet will use around 5 – 15 gallons of water a minute, whereas an aerated faucet reduces it to around 3 gallons per minute. And when buying drinking water faucets, look for ones that flow at or around 2.75 gallons per minute. These can save huge amounts of water each year.
However, this is not an accurate perception as many diseases and additions to the water cannot be affected by boiling and can only be removed by a proper filtration process.As the world gets hotter, more and more countries are going into drought, and water wastage is still unnecessarily high. If we could all try to make a few small changes, from adjusting our drinking water faucets, turning the tap off when we clean out teeth and washing our car on the lawn, the amount of water wasted each year would drop considerably. And it’s important that we strive to pass these views on to our children, as it’s they who will determine the future of the world in years to come.
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