We’ve all procrastinated over fixing leaky faucets, toilets and sprinkler heads. But the truth is that even the tiniest leak can cause big problems for the environment. Clean tap water is not really a renewable resource; once the liquid goes down the drain, it ends up in lakes, rivers or the ocean, but not directly back in our drinking supply. And with states like California in serious drought, we need all of the clean water we can get.
So if you need a little push in finally fixing that leak, here are some very important reasons why you should get it done today:
Small Leaks Cause Massive Waste
- Just one faucet dripping once per second wastes enough water for 180 showers.
- The average household’s leaks can amount to 10,000 gallons of wasted water per year — enough to fill a small swimming pool.
- Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water.
Water Waste Robs the Planet
- Our water often comes from lakes and rivers. The more we use, the drier they become, and the less is left for fish, reptiles, birds and countless other animals who depend on it (not to mention us humans).
- Wasting water also leave less water for crops in times of drought. In some areas, droughts have already caused massive crop failures, which makes food more scarce and raises prices at the grocery store.
Fixing Leaks Saves You Money
- Fixing a simple household leak may save you 10 percent on your water bill.
- Replacing leaky toilets can save homeowners almost $2,400 dollars in water and wastewater costs over the lifetime of the appliance.
- In many cases, you can fix a leak for free with a pair of pliers. Other times, all you need is a cheap part.
- Even when a leak is expensive to fix, saving water is worth every penny!