Right now, the Western region of the United States has been struck hard this year with a drought. For the first time in 15 years the U.S. Drought Monitor recorded that 100% of California is in the middle of a moderate to exceptional drought! Droughts are a major expense and can cause significant crop loss and job loss. Saving water means saving money, especially in regions experiencing states of drought.
Did you know that 30% of the water used in your home is dedicated to your toilet alone? Toilets use more water than clothe washers, showers, faucets, and leaks! The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day per person. That means that an average of at least 30 gallons alone are being used on the toilet per day!
Luckily, we have 5 toilet water saver ideas to share with you:
1.) Get a New Fill Valve or Flapper
- By getting a new fill valve, you can save up to 60 ounces of water per flush!
- Allows you to adjust the amount of water directed towards your bowl
- Annual water savings of up to 3,000 gallons!
- Some toilets do not have the correct flapper in its tanks— by having the correct size flapper you can save as much as 4.4 gallons of water per flush.
2.) Check for Leaks
- On average, an American household can lose up to 10,000 gallons of water per year due to leaks alone!
- Use toilet leak detector dye tablet in your toilet tank
- It is simple to use– all you have to do is drop the detection dye tablet into your toilet tank
- Contains a harmless dye that will appear blue or green in color
- IF the color shows in the toilet bowl without having to flush, then you have a leak.
- By detecting the leak you save up to 500 gallons of water a day!
3.) Install a Toilet Tank Bank
- Toilet tank banks are cheap, easy to install, require little to no maintenance, and even help prevent odors
- All you do is hang it onto the inside of the toilet tank and add water
- Will save you up to 0.8 gallons of water per flush!
4.) Install a Toilet Fill Cycle Diverter
- Installed on the end of a tanks fill tube
- Allows you to redirect water that normally goes to fill up the toilet back into the actual tank
- Reduces up to 1/2 a gallon of water per flush!
5.) Dual Flush Toilet Conversion Kits
- Allow you the option to flush a little (typically used for liquids) or a lot (typically used for solids).
- Gives YOU more control over how much water is used with every flush
- Saves you at least 40% of the water you use when flushing on a daily basis
By utilizing any of these five toilet water saver options, you can reduce costs not only in your home— but for regions such as California experiencing a horrible drought—taking these steps will help out the economy and preservation of water.