“Water Works”, a recent program on NHPTV, discussed several different important points about our water supply and its use. Below you will find a link to a portion of that program that talks about how you can be efficient with water use inside your home.

Have you ever thought about how much water you’re using daily in your home? While appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets have made our lives easier, they also use a great deal of water. You can use the link below to calculate how much water you use and places you might be able to conserve:

http://www.home-water-works.org/calculator

In 1994, federal regulations changed to make toilets, sinks and shower heads use less water than they did previously. You can conserve quite a bit of water by ensuring that your fixtures, faucets and appliances are up-to-date and efficient.  You can also conserve by checking for leaks.  Leaks can account for

Per the EPA,”A Government Accountability Office survey of water managers across the country showed that 36 states were anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions.” Being efficient with water is a much more cost-effective way to help manage local water supplies than to try to develop new sources. You can check out EPA’s Watersense Program online for more information related to water efficiency.

The water supply can seem endless, but it’s really not. While about 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, only 2.5% is fresh water.  The rest is saline or ocean-based.  Only 1% of water is usable, with much of the fresh water trapped in glaciers or snow fields.  Leaks in an average household can waste more than 10,000 gallons per year.  You can help slow this process by both detecting and fixing leaks and updating your appliances to newer, more efficient models.

Epping Well & Pump was a major sponsor of “Water Works” and we are always happy to provide suggestions on how to make your water system be as efficient as possible.