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What is wastewater?

Water is life; it nourishes plants, cools people down, cleans our homes, and makes us healthy.

water from wastewater

Surprisingly, in the vast majority of cases, the water we treat to drink or use for irrigation, cleaning, laundry, and other domestic uses does not come from rivers, streams, lakes, or oceans – but from wastewater. This comes as a surprise to most people because water treatment technology was developed over a century ago when man first began to experience the enormous amount of energy that water can take up. Today, this knowledge seems quaint, but the reality is much more immediate.

wasting water

And, unfortunately, this rate of waste increases annually, as most individual households and businesses continue to add to the growing burden of water consumption. The staggering rate of water wastage means that water stress – which can lead to serious health issues – is at an all-time high. While most individuals are aware of the problems, they are rarely able to make the necessary changes to reduce water consumption.

occurs during leaks

Leaks can be anywhere, but the two most common areas where leaks occur are beneath the kitchen sink, and beneath the bathtub or shower. Surprisingly, leaks are often caused by drainage systems that are inefficient or left uninstalled. In either case, leaks are almost always undetected until the damage has been done. In either case, the consequences of high water consumption can be devastating.

make sure the toilet tank is clean

To reduce water wastage due to leaks, you should make sure that your toilet tank is clear. If there are any clogs, fix them immediately. If the leak is beneath the sink or in the tub, install a new drain. As soon as possible, flush all the plumbing and try to seal the area.

energy-efficient devices

Energy-efficient washing machines use less water to run them, so overall water usage is reduced. In addition, energy-efficient washing machines are much quieter than their non-energy efficient counterparts. These are both things that homeowners can do themselves, without having to pay someone to do it for them. In some cases, replacing the washer and dryer with new, more efficient ones may also result in a significant decrease in water consumption.

use appliances that consume less energy

Common examples are replacing ceiling fans with ceiling vent fans, insulate windows and doors to prevent hot air from escaping, reduce electrical consumption by turning off lights and televisions when not in use, and conserving water by setting showerheads and clothes driers on low. In addition to these appliance replacement strategies, it is also important to minimize the consumption of electricity by turning off unnecessary appliances during times when they are not in use. Many households already replace their light bulbs annually, but they may want to consider switching to compact fluorescent bulbs as well. By making small changes like this, a household can significantly reduce its consumption of electricity.

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