Drip . . . drip . . . drip . . .
That leaky bathroom faucet probably feels like a small nuisance, but add up all those drops and that’s a lot of water down the drain.
Consider these numbers from scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS), who measured the drips from a number of kitchen- and bathroom-sink faucets. Using 0.25 milliliter as the volume of a faucet drip, they estimated that 15,140 drips produce 1 gallon of water. So one faucet leaking one drop per minute uses 34 gallons of water per year without the tap turned on.
Overall, it’s estimated that 12 percent of residential water is lost to plumbing leaks. That equals hidden costs on water bills, which averaged $70.39 per month for a household of four in 2018.
But with climate shifts causing longer periods of drought in many areas, the benefits of conserving this vital natural resource go beyond your pocketbook. And limiting your water consumption is only one way to save money while doing your bit to ease the pressure on our fragile planet. These simple eco-friendly strategies are economical, too.