Why water matters
Water is one of our most valuable resources, but it is also one of our scarcest. As the world’s population grows, so does its need for clean, accessible drinking water. Many places around the world are already facing severe water shortages and unless we take action, this phenomenon could become much more widespread.
One of the problems we are facing, especially in the western world, is that we are not using our water resources efficiently. The truth is there is plenty of water on this planet to go around, but our usage habits mean that most of our clean drinking water is literally going down the drain. Every day we waste millions of litres of water which could otherwise be put to good use.
In the average western household, 95% of the water which comes out of a tap or showerhead goes straight down the drain without being used for anything. When people water their gardens, it’s estimated that almost half of the water used evaporates on the surface because we don’t realise that we are over watering our plants. Simply leaving the tap on when you brush your teeth can needlessly waste up to 10 litres of water. By simply altering some of these habits, we could dramatically reduce our water usage and save ourselves money in the process.
And it’s not just our bad habits which are causing water wastage, it’s the appliances we are using. Modern technology has become much more efficient with how it uses water but unfortunately most households have not yet caught up and are still using outdated, water guzzling appliances. Replacing old leaky pipes, for example, could save up to 10,000 litres of water over the course of a year. Older model dishwashers can use up to 50 litres of water per cycle, whereas new models only use around 1/5 of that amount. Even your humble toilet could be costing you water with older toilets using three times as much water per flush as newer models do.
Public toilets are actually one of the worst offenders when it comes water wastage. Older urinals in public toilets can use up to 10 litres of water every time someone flushes. In many businesses and public institutions, the urinals in the male toilets can make up a substantial portion of that organisation’s water usage.
One easy solution that many workplaces have started to introduce is waterless urinals. These look and function like regular urinals but instead of using water to flush, they rely solely on gravity. They also employ some form of deodorisation system to neutralise unwanted smells. These waterless urinals can save thousands of litres of water every year. They are so effective that when the state of Arizona in the United States was going through a drought in 2005, they were made mandatory for all public institutions.
Saving water doesn’t have to be a chore. By simply updating our appliances and making small changes to the ways we use water, we can help ensure that there is plenty of H2O to go around.
If you’re interesting in changing your water usage habits or want more information about our Zeroflush waterless urinals we’d be happy to help. Contact us via email or give us a call today.