In 1993, the UN General Assembly decided to dedicate March 22nd as World Water Day. The day is coordinated by UN-Water along with governments and partners from different countries. This year’s theme is wastewater. The day is a good time to reevaluate how we use and think about water in our daily lives. If you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone. There are some easy gadgets you can install in your home to help conserve water and do your part for World Water Day.
Here’s just a few simple ideas:
Low flush toilets:
Most new toilets are already water efficient, but if you have an older toilet with a large tank, you can easily save thousands of gallons of water every year by adding the product Drop-A-Brick to your toilet tank. The brink takes up space in the tank so that it fills with less water and uses less water with every flush. The brick is ecologically designed so it’s perfectly safe to keep in the tank. Alternatively you can fill up a water jug or bottle and add that to your tank.
A shower timer could help you keep your showers limited and subsequently your wastewater down too. The average flow rate of a shower head is around two gallons per minute, so by cutting your shower by even a minute a day, you could save 14 gallons a week, that’s a grand total of more than 700 gallons a year. There are a number of inexpensive timers out there that are waterproof, but this one in the shape of a duck is particularly cute.
A water faucet aerator either for a sink or for a shower can help you conserve water by reducing water without reducing pressure. Aerators add air to the stream to make less water feel like more. It breaks up the water into a number of small streams rather than one large one. They’re easy and inexpensive to add to your faucets. You can find them at your local hardware store or online.