Going to waste water has an impact not only on your wallet but also on the environment, as water waste is a serious problem.
Let's put things in context. Assume you have a dripping faucet that drips 10 times per minute. It will add up to 14,400 drips in a day, which is around 3 litres, 21 litres in a week, and so on.
HOW MUCH WATER CAN A LEAKING TAP WASTE IN A DAY?
Mold can grow in your home as a result of a leaky faucet, which is not only unsightly but also harmful to your health and that of your family. A leaking faucet can quickly add up on your water bill, and if you have more than one, the cost can increase.
As mentioned before, a dripping faucet that drips 10 times per minute. It will add up to 14,400 drips in a day, which is around 3 litres, 21 litres in a week, and so on.
Every year, the average North American household wastes roughly 10,000 gallons of water due to leaks. A major leak in one out of every ten households wastes 90 gallons or more every day.
HOW MUCH DOES A WATER LEAK COST?
A normal 10 drips per minute leak consumes approximately one gallon each day, or 29 gallons per month. This costs less than a dollar per month in many regions.
What about drips that happen quickly? A faucet that drips at a rate of 120 drips per minute wastes 11 gallons each day, or 330 gallons per month. Depending on where you reside, this might cost $6 per month.
A leaky toilet can waste eight gallons per hour, or 200 gallons per day. A running toilet can waste up to 6,000 gallons of water each month if it goes unchecked. This might cost as much as $70 each month, depending on the water and sewer rates you pay. And that's assuming you only have one toilet.
THE OTHER CAUSES OF HIGH WATER BILL
Let’s take concern on the small things and see how much water waste that caused your high water bill;
- Partially loaded dishwasher (wastes 320 gallons per year)
- When brushing your teeth, leaving the tap open (wastes 8 gallons per day)
- While washing dishes by hand, let the water run for five minutes (wastes 10 gallons every time)
- Failure to replace a sprinkler head that has broken (wastes 2,400 gallons per month)
WHY IS A DRIPPING FAUCET SUCH A HUGE DEAL?
The typical cost of a leaking faucet may not appear to be significant at first, but it can quickly pile up on your water bills. It may also result in serious and costly water damage to your home. Mold and mildew are always a result of too much moisture, and they can be dangerous to your health.
Fixing leaking taps, faucets, appliances, or pipelines reduces the cost of plumbing equipment used to supply water to homes, resulting in decreased expenses for providing fresh water.
Water usage is on the rise, and it is up to us to protect the planet's resources. A minor but crucial step towards water conservation would be to be aware of the problem of water waste.