Leaky Culprits of Water Waste

1 trillion gallons of water is equivalent to the annual water usage of LA, Chicago, and Miami combined.
Have you ever been irritated by that constant drip-drip coming from the faucet in the bathroom?  Well, leaky faucets are not just annoying, they are also wasteful.  In fact, the typical American household leaks 10,000 gallons of water every year. Cumulatively, the United States leaks nearly 1 trillion gallons of water every year.

We know that water is a precious natural resource and that clean water is necessary for survival. But many of us overlook the carbon footprint of our water consumption.  All water used in our house has gone through filtration, which requires lots of energy. Furthermore, water must be pumped around the house, which requires energy. Don’t waste water and energy unnecessarily. Repair leaks in your home.

Faucet Leaks
While it may seem like only minimal amounts of water trickle from faucets, faucets actually account for over 15% of all indoor water use. A leaky faucet is worth fixing—more water than you think is flowing from that leaky faucet.

Consider this idea. The amount of water wasted in one day from a leaking faucet could satisfy an average person’s thirst for a whole week.

For instructions on fixing leaky faucets, go to this handy website.

Showerhead Leaks
A leaky showerhead can waste hundreds of gallons of water every week, and many showerheads begin to leak over time. A leaking showerhead releasing 50 drops of water every five minutes wastes more than 500 gallons of water in a year.

Consider this idea: 500 gallons of water is enough water to run the dishwasher up to 60 times.

Don’t worry—repairing a leaky showerhead is easy! The majority of showerheads leaks can be eliminated by properly screwing in the showerhead. For extra leak protection, use a wrench to tighten the showerhead.  Also apply pipe tape.

Toilet Leaks
Toilets account for 30% of a home’s water supply. Toilets use even more water when they get leaks and unfortunately, toilet leaks often go unnoticed. Check for leaks in your toilet by adding a drop of food coloring to the tank of your toilet. If the color appears in the toilet bowl within 15 minutes, you have a leak. This test is worthwhile. Each month, a leaky toilet loses 600 additional gallons of water.

Consider this idea: With 600 gallons of water, you can wash as many as 14 loads of laundry.

For instructions on fixing leaking toilets, check out Do It Yourself

We all need to conserve water and lessen our carbon footprint. Fixing household leaks is definitely a great place to start.


About the author

Danielle Jappah

Danielle brings a touch of southern US charm to our writing team.Since points of view on climate change vary depending on resources, economies, and political viewpoints of the region, we wanted a southerner to expand our point of view. The U.S. South has its own unique POV on climate change and Danielle writes from her office in Atlanta inspiring southern naysayers to wake up and recognize what happening everywhere.