Test Your Water Sense

Did you know that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, United States households waste over 1 trillion gallons of water annually? With drought conditions and water mandates in place in various regions throughout the country, it’s important that everyone do their share to reduce water consumption.

Take this quick quiz to see how keen your water sense is. Answers are at the bottom, but don’t cheat!

Planting drought-resistant trees saves how much water every year?

  1. 10 – 20 gallons
  2. 50 – 100 gallons
  3. 30 – 60 gallons

Turning off the water while washing your hair, brushing your teeth, or lathering your hands really doesn’t conserve that much water?

  • True
  • False

Washing clothes in cold water retain colorfastness and uses less water?

  • True
  • False

Which of the following suggestions are great ways to conserve water in the kitchen?

  1. Soak dirty pans in water instead of running them under the tap to scrape them clean
  2. Collect water from rinsing fruits and vegetables to water houseplants
  3. Use small pans to boil water and cook food
  4. None of the above
  5. All of the above

Dishwashers use less water than washing by hand?

  • True
  • False

Answers

Let’s see how you did.

Question #1 – The correct answer is 30- 60 gallons. Drought-resistant plants you may want to consider adding to your landscaping may include:

  • Sunset Strain
  • Nassella tenuissima
  • Seedum- Cape Blanco
  • Sedum rupestre – Angelina
  • Sedum spurium – Voodoo 

Check with your local gardening center for drought-resistant plants specific to your growing zone.

Question #2 – True. Although it may not be as spa-like to turn the water off while lathering your hair in the shower, this simple action can save as much as 150 gallons of water in one month. Turning the water off when brushing your teeth can save 10 gallons/day.

Question #3 – True. Not only does cold water use less energy and less water, but it can help dark clothes retain their colors for longer.

Question #4 – All of the above. Any way that you can use less water in the kitchen is always better.

Question #5 – True. This water sense fact may come as a surprise to you, but many people wash dishes while leaving the water running to rinse. Dishwashers use water sparingly and only when necessary. To get the most conservation benefits, only run the dishwasher when it is completely full.

Rooter Hero Plumbing is a full-service plumbing company serving parts of Arizona, California, and Texas. We are committed to helping our customers conserve water and save money. Call of today for more residential plumbing tips.