Like many things around us, we seldom appreciate what is plentiful and easy to obtain. And what could be more plentiful than water? To get water all we do is just turn on the faucet 24 hours a day and it’s there, ready to use. But think again — the water we use doesn’t just magically appear.
Treated water is a carefully produced product which appears in your home only after traveling through miles of pipeline and treatment processes. It’s a valuable resource that shouldn’t be wasted.
Just 1% of the entire water supply in the world is available for human use — the rest is salty or locked in ice caps and glaciers. just this relatively small 1% keeps all the world’s agricultural, manufacturing, community and personal household and sanitation needs operating. We actually drink very little of our processed “drinking water”; around 1% of all treated water. The rest goes on lawns, in washing machines, and down toilets and drains!
As concern for our environment has increased in recent years, so have the federal and state demands on our local water system, which increase the cost to the customers. In the face of rising costs for water, conservation can be a way to help the environment and monthly water bills.. You pay for every drop, whether it’s used wisely or wasted, so water conservation is something we should all practice.
When you conserve water, you also save on other services. When you use less hot water, there is less energy needed to heat that water, thereby reducing your gas and electric bill. When you use less water, you also put less water down your sewer drains, thereby reducing your sewer bill. So you can see, by implementing a simple conservation program, you are helping the environment by helping ease the burden on water storage, distribution and treatment facilities.
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