A generation or two ago, it was unthinkable that most of us would have to pay for the water we drink. Collecting it from streams, brooks, wells, and springs, rural communities believed water was one of the few commodities that would always be free.
Unfortunately, in today’s world that is no longer the case. With increasing water shortages and the need to purify toxins and waste to create clean drinking water, most urban dwellers pay a monthly bill for clean drinking water to run from their kitchen and bathroom taps. Country dwellers may still be able to rely on property wells, but they occasionally have to pay for their septic lines to be cleaned, as well as fund water purification systems and salt additives to neutralize mineral content.
Wherever you live, it is a good idea to conserve water usage. You never know when your well will go dry or the bill will go up. Here are a few tips that might prove useful:
- Check taps for drips and leakage. If there is a leak, get it fixed promptly. A stripped screw or fixture can be readily replaced, but if there is a larger pipe or erosion problem, call a professional plumber. Better to pay a repair bill now than a huge amount for damages later.
- Inspect your home’s water pipes. If they are leaking, tape them adequately, replace them, or call a plumber. Small leaks can lead to big splashes that will turn into costly repair bills. Nip that problem in the bud early on.
- Visually check your water to see if it appears reddish, indicating rust or clay, or dark, suggesting the presence of sediment. Consult a water expert about installing a water purification system. Even if you have city water, you may want to filter out the chlorine and other chemical additives that some researchers feel may be unhealthy.
- Limit showers to three minutes per person. While this may seem like a short time, it provides plenty of time for a thorough body sudsing and rinses. Any additional time spent in the shower or running bath water means that you are wasting hundreds of gallons of precious fluid, which ultimately will impact your bill, even if it merely increases the costs associated with purifying more water due to added usage.
- Keep an eye on kids’ water usage. A harmless game of squirt guns or splashing in a kiddy wading pool can lead to many extra dollars of water wastage when spigots are left running or dripping, as kids are prone to do. Endless refillings of the pool or hours of splashing from the spigot can mean more costs to you. Fill a bucket of water for squirt guns, and limit the pool to one filling and one refill. Then check all outside spigots, including the one with the hose attached, to be sure they are turned tightly off.
While water is not the most expensive resource for most of us, it may become extremely precious if we waste it recklessly. Follow suggestions like these to conserve its use, and teach children to do the same.