How Much Water Are We Wasting?
Water is a resource that we literally have ‘on tap’ all day every day; crucial to our survival and one we take advantage of. Many countries do not have access to clean, free flowing water and as such, they appreciate every drop they use. We use it for drinking, cooking, washing, showering, toilet flushing, feeding plants and washing cars, to name but a few. We always expect it to be there, clean and clear.
Surveys have estimated that an average person uses between 60 and 80 gallons of water a day. The average fuel tank size in a standard car holds about 12 gallons so, to illustrate, that amount of water would fill up your car nearly six times in a day!
Unfortunately, the disappointing fact is that about 90% – 95% of that water is wasted and goes down the drain, an average waste of about 50 – 60 gallons of water per person.
We do not consider just how much water we are wasting when we pour boiling water from our vegetables or pasta down the sink, let out all the bath water, wash our cars and water the garden. Just leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth can waste six litres of water a minute. A garden hose or sprinkler left on for one hour could furnish all the water needs of a family of four for a whole day.
In Dubai, every drop of water used from the sea has to go through a desalination process before it can be supplied to homes and businesses. Other than the natural springs in the UAE, desalinated water is the main source of clean water, but it’s expensive, especially for water that might be wasted.
However, one area where we do waste water, but usually do not realise, is through leaking taps and pipes. In 2012, a UK based survey revealed that 2.5 billion litres of water a year is wasted through dripping taps alone; 5000-6000 litres per household per year. South Africa estimates that 20% of the municipalities’ water supply is wasted through dripping taps and leaking pipes.
The difficulty is that unless you can see or hear a drip or a leak, it’s almost impossible to realise and locate it within your pipework system. Fortunately, there is a new technology available to detect water leaks either by a specialist technician, who can use advanced technology to identify the exact location of a leak or, by having a water leak detection system installed at your property.
It may be an initial expense but just imagine how it will benefit you in the future, not only financially by lowering your water bills but, also to play your part in helping conserve the planet’s most important natural resource!
For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!