Waiting a week to fix a leak.
Assume little leaks only waste a little water? You can lose
up to 200 gallons of water a day from a leaking toilet. And
a faucet can drip 604,800 drops while you are waiting.
Taking a shortcut and using the hot water tap when cooking.
That's taboo, and it can shortcut your health. Lead can dissolve
into hot water from lead pipes and solder. Cold water is better.
Heat it on the stove when cooking or making baby formula.
Slipping used motor oil into a storm sewer or burying
it in the trash.
Hey slick, oil can leak into lakes, rivers, and wells. Just
one pint can expand over an acre of water. Take your used oil
to a recycling center.
Tossing toxics in the trash.
How tacky! Consider batteries, a common throw-away. They contain
lead and mercury. Some ordinary household cleaners have other
poisons that contaminate water. Here's a tip, drop them off
at a special collection site.
Watering your lawn at high noon.
Caught with your sprinkler on? The hot sun will evaporate the
water your lawn needs. Better water early in the day.
Using your garbage disposal all the time.
Want to show good taste after a meal? Learn
to compost. Your disposal uses one gallon of water a minute.
Many foods can be composted instead, making a great soil conditioner.
These foods include vegetable trimmings, egg shells, coffee
grounds with filters, and tea bags.