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Water Conservation

  1. 1. Average Rainfall • 7 ½ inches in Phoenix, AZ • 15 inches in Denver, CO • 22 inches in Honolulu, HI • 36 inches in Seattle, WA • 40 inches in New York City • 50 inches in Atlanta, GA • 67 inches in Mobile, AL • 153 inches Ketchikan, AK
  2. 2. Residential Indoor Uses of Water Toilet – 26.8% Clothes Washer – 21.7%Shower – 16.7% Faucet – 15.7% Bath – 1.7% Dishwasher – 1.4% Leaks – 13.7% Other – 2.3%
  3. 3. How much water do you use? Estimate the number of times you do the following on a day you are at home. – Shower – Flush the toilet – Brush your teeth – Shave – Do a load of laundry – Run the dishwasher
  4. 4. Wash laundry & dishes with full loads Always turn off running water Take shorter showers Eliminate any and all leaks Reduce the flow of toilets & showerheads
  5. 5. Average water use:- Older washing machine 41 gallons New washing machine < 28 gallons For small loads of laundry, adjust the water setting to a lower level.
  6. 6. Wash a full load of dishes Average water use: Older machine 8 to 15 gallons Newer machine 4 to 7 gallons Don’t pre-rinse, just scrape the dishes Just a few dishes? Wash in the sink or a dish pan Rinse with sprayer or in a pan
  7. 7. Always save clean running water • Collect water in buckets while waiting for shower water to warm • Use it for: • Watering indoor plants • Mopping the floor • And other household chores
  8. 8. SHOWER IMPROVEMENTS Take shorter showers Replace shower head with water savers that use 2.5 gpm or less Do not take baths. The typical bath uses over 50 gallons of water. Consider collecting excess water for use on house plants.
  9. 9. Kitchen
  10. 10. Kitchen Improvements • Install low-flow faucet aerators. • Only run dishwasher when full. • New dishwashers are powerful. Don’t pre-wash dishes. • Collect excess sink water for watering plants
  11. 11. • A garbage disposal wastes lots of water. – Compost instead – This will also reduce solid waste in waterlines by 50% or more. • Do not leave running while washing dishes.
  12. 12. Laundry Replace old washer with water saver model. New models use 23 gallons as compared to the 41 of older machines. Only wash full loads. Pretreat stains to avoid rewashing The washing machine accounts for 21.7% of typical water use.
  13. 13. The Car Wash A 15 min. car wash uses 100 gallons of water. Use a bucket of water and rags instead Go to a commercial car wash that reuses their water.
  14. 14. WATER RECYCLING  Water recycling is the reuse of water for the same application for which it was originally used.  Factors that should be considered in a water recycling program include: - Identification of water reuse opportunities - Evaluation of the minimum water quality needed for a particular use - Evaluation of water quality degradation resulting from the use - Determination of the treatment steps.