LETTERS: The importance of conserving water

To the editor:

Do you like having an endless supply of water? Well, if we want to keep it that way we need to start conserving. Conserving is easy, you just have to try.

Water is something we all value at a high standard. Less than 2 percent of earth’s water is fresh, and only 1 percent is available for drinking. An average American uses 140 to 170 gallons of water every day. We need to start conserving by making changes to the way we live and to our living environment.

If you have a faucet that drips, you are wasting a lot of water. If every American household had a faucet that dripped every second, 928 million gallons of water would drip a day.

A toilet uses six-and-a-half gallons every time it’s flushed. A way to conserve this water is putting a half-gallon milk jug in the tank. This saves water by not filling the tank to its fullest.

Another way we waste is in showers. We use up to 50 gallons of water in a 10-minute shower. If we turn off the water while we are washing and conditioning our hair, we could save as much as 20 gallons – that is almost half the amount before. A simple thing we can all change is not running the water while we brush our teeth. Only use the necessary amount needed and save up to three gallons of water (if you leave the faucet running you will use up to five gallons of water).

A family that wanted to be green had a great water-conserving tool installed into their home. For a family of four, it was installed in two hours for the cost of $2,600. This invention takes your sink and shower water to use for flushing your toilet. The water from your sink and shower flow down a pipe into a carbon filter, this takes out chlorine so it does not kill bacteria that is needed. It then travels to a chlorinator to clean the gray water to prevent bad bacteria. There is an overflow tank in case you have too much water. A pump then sends water up to the toilet. Not only does this system conserve a lot of water, it also keeps your water bill down.

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