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Water conservation has become an common practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems to be plenty.

Additionally to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps to prevent water pollution in nearby rivers, lakes and local creeks and ponds.Conserving water also can extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil build up, and reducing any pollution to near by water reservoirs. Overloading sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow above ground lead by rain to lakes and rivers. As smaller the amount of water flowing through these systems, as lower the chance of pollution is. In some neighborhoods, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by community wide household water conservation. In 1994 government came up with law mandated manufacturers to produce only low-flow showerheads, faucets, toilets, etc. We gathered some useful information so you can have a better idea what is a average usage of household  water and what part of it is usually overused and wasted.

On average, 10 gallons per day of your water usage (or 14% of your indoor use) is lost draining out of your "pockets". Most common ways of loosing water are leaky faucets, toilets and dripping shower valves.

If you replace your existing old shower head with a low-flow one, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minutes shower.

Replacing your toilet with new water saver one will save you on average 3 gallons of water per flush. New water saver units use only 1.6 gallons  per flush compared with old ones using 3.5 to 5 gallons of water. You can easy estimate the difference for your application.

Most front-loading machines are energy- and water-efficient, using just over 20 gallons a load, while most top-loading machines, unless they are energy efficient, use 40 gallons per load.

Nearly 24% of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. You will save lots of water by making sure to adjust the settings on your Washer or place your old, not efficient unit, with new water and energy efficient one.

Dishwashing is a relatively small part of your water usage,less than 3% of indoor use, unless you are using it not efficiently as doing full load cycles with a few dishes several times a day. Energy Star dishwashers use about 4 gallons of water per load, and even standard machines use only about 6 gallons. Hand washing generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.

Let us help you to determine your house usage and applicable savings by simply calling our friendly office staff at 704-288-4664 and schedule an appointment.

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