I think much water is wasted by events that we aren’t even aware of 100% of the time. We can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water a year by the occurrence of pipes and taps leaking throughout the day and night. This is another issue where we must really stop and think of long term affects rather than short term problems. While it doesn’t seem significant that you faucet drips a drop of water every few minutes, those drops really do end up adding up in a big way.
Surprisingly, its throwing away unfinished food, which wastes the water that was used to grow it. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/03/discarding-food-waste-waste-water.php
Just as I thought! According to toiletabcs.com, before more eco-friendly measure were taken, toilets wasted more water than any other household fixture. They used 26.7% of residential indoor water. Now, it’s probably about half that because most toilets went from wasting 3.5 gpf to 1.6 gpf (gallons per flush). Still, 1.6 gpf seems like a lot, especially for a little bit of pee!
A lot of water is wasted when people leave the tap on when cleaning there teeth, or taking a shower longer than is necessary, washing the car more than we need to. I have even seen people jet washing the drive way when they could use a sweeping brush. Why can not every house collect rain water for the garden, washing the car and drive way, a rain water tank can even be connected to the toilet. I know it is not possible to collect enough rain water every where to have a continuous supply, but what can be collected and used does make a differance to the amount of drinking water we use.
Another big waste of water comes from the excessive amount used to create meat for human consumption. For instance, every kilogram of beef produced in the U.S requires 100,000 litres of water, after taking into account the amount of water needed for forage and grain production. Our livestock also produces manure, which can runoff into streams and other water sources contaminating them.
While it is not necessarily a “waste” of water, agriculture accounts for a massive loss of water resources, and is responsible for 87% of the world’s water consumption.
Loss occurs due to poor technology to transport water from reservoirs to crops — water can leak and evaporate along the way. In the worst of systems nearly 60% of the water being transported is lost before it reaches the intend crops.
Low water costs (relative to cost of living) also accounts for, and “promotes,” waste by humans.
Solutions to these problems include upgrading the technology used to harness and transport runoff water, increasing water prices, and managing reservoirs more efficiently.
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