How plumbing leaks hurt your wallet and the environment.
Plumbing leaks definitely bore a hole on a household’s budget, but do you also know that these leaks, no matter how small they are can also negatively impact the environment?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted nationwide due to undetected and unrepaired water leaks. According to them, this amount of water could have served the needs of at least 11 million households across the US.
“The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings.”
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Impacts of wasted water
Forbes.com explains there is more to water leaks and wasted water than the economic impact of skyrocketing utility bills. “Wasting water or overusing household water means you’re wasting the energy-intensive process of filtration. The many steps of this process—extraction, transportation, filtration, etc.—require non-renewable fossil fuels and as these resources become depleted, their dangerous by-products such as carbon dioxide build up in the Earth’s atmosphere, contributing to your carbon footprint and the Earth’s rising temperatures.”
The rest of the original article can be found here.
Plumbing leaks indeed go a long way. It should be addressed as soon as it is discovered to ensure that water does not go to waste. Plumbing leaks do not only occur on pipes, it also happens on toilets and faucets. These should all be inspected from time to time, especially when the bill gets unusually high without a change in usage patterns.
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