Top 5 Biggest Water-Wasters at Home

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

Water - the stuff that all life is made from. This is why some people have called it “The Elixir of Life”. It is the foundational element we and our planet needs to flourish and survive. While one may think that water is abundantly existent on earth due to our oceans, there is a big difference in saltwater and freshwater in terms of how much exists and can be used by us.

While over 70% of our earth is covered in water, only 3% of all water is freshwater. Of this, only 1/6th, so only 0.5%, is actually available to use as the rest is either locked in glaciers or polluted beyond the possibility of cleaning it. To put this into perspective, if the global supply of water was 100 Liters/ 26 Gallons, the available freshwater is about 0.003 Liters, equating to around half a teaspoon.

With continuous pollution, run-offs into the oceans, and global warming, this amount is decreasing daily, and soon our resources will be depleted if we don’t do something about it. Plus, not the whole world's population has access to fresh water.

This is why it is crucial we talk about our water usage and how we could possibly reduce our impact and ensure that this foundational element does not disappear. To help this effort, we have compiled a list of the 5 biggest water wasters in our homes and show you some tips on how easily their impact can be reduced:

5. The Water-thon: Our Faucets

One of the most obvious sources of water usage in our homes is the faucet. Millions of gallons of water are used every day coming from our faucets to wash our hands and brush our teeth for example.

Through a conventional faucet, and estimated 2 gallons of water flow every minute, making it an incredible source of water usage. This means that in the time you and I brush our teeth, around 5 gallons of water are running down the drain.

But how can we reduce the amount of water that comes out of our faucets?