Have you ever considered how much water you use in a day? At Equity, it’s one of many measures that we pay special attention to. We’ve emphasized practicing and promoting sustainability initiatives, such as water conservation, throughout all of our communities.
You’ve likely been hearing about water usage and conservation on the news lately, especially with the drought in the West Coast. But, regardless of current events, it’s important for all of us to be aware of and proactive when it comes to using water.
So how much water does a typical home use in a day? Here a just a few figures:
– Showering equates to 2.0 – 2.5 gallons per minute, with older shower heads using up to 4 gallons of water per minute.
– Cleaning dishes? Washing by hand can use up to 4 gallons of water a minute, especially if you have an old faucet. Dishwashers, depending on the efficiency of the machine, will use around 20 gallons of water per load.
Now, we’re definitely not implying that you should avoid showering or washing your dishes. Our goal is to encourage responsible water usage and explore how it is a team effort.
Going back to how older shower heads can use up more water, Equity has been proactive with installing low-flow shower heads and faucets which can reduce water usage by up to 70% compared to standard fixtures. We’ve also done the same with updating dishwashers, washing machines and toilets.
But updated and efficient appliances is just part of the water conservation equation. In our next installment, learn what actions you can take to help save even more!
Share your water-saving habits with us in the comments below!
Coming soon in Part 2: What You Can Do To Help Save Water