Save water today to get water tomorrow
The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day compared to 5 gallons of water the average African family uses each day. In a family of four, approximately 400 gallons of water per day is used. 70 percent of water is used indoors, with the bathrooms being the largest consumer. More than 45 percent of water use happens in the bathroom, with about 27 percent used by toilets. Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every flush.“If it's yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down”. Many people are disturbed by this, but why not just flush when necessary?
In an average home, showers are usually the third largest water use after. toilets and washers. The amount of water used while taking a shower depends on the flow rate of the showerhead, and how long the shower lasts, but the average shower uses 17.2 gallons and lasts for about 8 minutes. Old shower heads use as much as 4 gallons per minute, whereas new shower heads use about 2-2.5 gallons per minute.2013 was one of the driest years on record in the state. And January, was the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago. The drought is making people think twice every time they turn on the tap, despite the little rain. In Sacramento, where half of the homes still don't use water meters, residents use 279 gallons a per day, almost triple the 98 gallons that residents of San Francisco use. Palm Springs, uses about 736 gallons a day per person, five times as much as residents of San Jose and Los Angeles. -Ivy
Here are some tips in how we can save our much needed water. First of all, you can get low flow toilet bowls that use less water. This would save us about 5.4 gallons of water per flush.
Also, if we took shorter showers, that would save lots of water, as showers use about 17 percent of our daily water.
Getting turf will also help conserve water, because we use water when we water our lawn, and turf does not need water.
Don't leave the hose running while washing your car, because that wastes lots of water we could use on other things, like saving lives from a fire.
My last tip is to check for broken sprinklers. Leaks take up about 14 percent of the water we use, and this all goes to waste, so please check for broken sprinklers and other leaks.
Ivy- Water Usage
Caroline- Water Distribution
Nolan- Topic/Heading and conclusion