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Fix a Leak Week 2012: What I Do to Save Water

2012 March 8

By Elona Myftaraj


I lived in Albania until I was about six years old, and one of the few things I remember is how scarce water was.  There was very little indoor plumbing, and every Saturday was spent walking up the mountain carrying water, an all day trip.  All water was stored in huge barrels, each specified for drinking, bathing, farming, or household chores.  The water had to be carefully rationed so it didn’t run out.

When we moved to the United States, my sisters and I were fascinated with the indoor water systems.  Since water was now abundant, we started to get carried away with our usage.  We could control the temperature of the water instead of waiting for the sun to warm it up, and we could finish the dishes unbelievably quickly.  There were no more trips up the mountain and, seemingly, no need to conserve.  We had all of the water we wanted, whenever we wanted it… that is, until our dad saw the water bill.  He reminded us of the way we used to live and explained to us how important conserving water was, even if we live in a place where its supply is not scarce.  We learned to do simple things to save water, like not letting the sink run when we brush our teeth, and remembered that we didn’t need to waste so much.

Working as a student at the EPA has taught me a great deal about how important water is, along with many ways to conserve.  I learned that a toilet leak can waste as much as 200 gallons of water every day, and that washing your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose saves a lot of water.  Replacing old or broken showerheads, sink faucets, and toilets with the WaterSense labeled products can be a big help.  Just taking a few simple steps can help save a lot of water.

That’s how I learned to save water.  What’s your story? Share it with us in honor of Fix a Leak Week (March 12-19, 2012).

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    September 17, 2012

    Water is very essential and basic commodity for life survival. So this is really important to save every single drop of water. There are so many reasons regarding wastage of water. The main difficulty faced is water leakage of the infrastructure of water supply management systems and sewage systems where the pressure of the water in the new hydraulic pipes are not being measured properly while supplying this causes bursting of pipes, leakage from sewage lines that can be occurred anywhere in home or any working place .Several types of Water leaks are just like due to temperature factor heating leaks occurs, beneath floor pipes leaks due to infrastructure through which it is built or due to rusting of pipes, Irrigation leaks that can be happened due moving of pipes in the field ,commercial leaks due to irregular supply of water, etc.We must take care of water because without water no life is possible

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    November 1, 2012

    I wish more people would understand the importance of water. Running water doesn’t phase them. Thank you for your article.

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