“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci
Everyday, people all over the world have to walk miles to the nearest water source only to return home and spend hours boiling the water so that it is safe to use. We have decent water quality in Reading, PA. so we don’t have to worry about that. Plumbing brings the water to our home, and various filtration systems ensure its safety. Very few of us can ever remember a time when water was considered a scarcity or unsafe to consume; however, if we do not change our habits, we may run out of this precious resource. August was deemed National Water Quality Month to help remind people of the importance of protecting our water supplies.
Did you know?
- Every day, the average North American uses 400 liters while the average person in the developing world uses a total of 10 liters for drinking, washing, and cooking.
- Less than 1% of Earth’s water can be used by humans.
- Across the globe, more people die each year from unsafe water than die from all forms of violence—including war.
With that in mind, here are a few things you can try to preserve this valuable resource.
- Upgrade your appliances to more water-efficient models.
- Repair or replace leaky pipes or fixtures.
- Watch what you dump down the drain or flush down the toilet. Harsh chemicals can enter the environment and our water systems this way. If you are unsure, read the labels to determine the proper disposal method.
- Put pads or tarps down under your vehicles to prevent oil and chemicals from leaking out of your car onto the pavement. This prevents oil and toxins from entering the
environment through the storm drains.
- If you have a garden or water your lawn, consider installing a rain barrel to use recycled water and cut down on your home’s water use.
- Don’t leave trash or pet waste on the ground. These items pollute our streams and waterways, but they are simple to pick up and throw away.
- Have your home’s water treatment system routinely inspected. And think about adding a water filtration system or a water softener to your home to protect your health and appliances. Also, water filtration systems and water softeners normally need to be replaced every ten years.
For over 20 years, The Plumbing Works has been meeting and exceeding the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning needs of our residential and commercial clients. Let us help you honor National Water Conservation Month by evaluating your home’s effectiveness at water conservation. We can offer recommendations for fixture replacements, appliance upgrades, and more.