When I wash dishes I am already very conscious of how much water I use. I do not leave the water running while I switch between dishes or while I scrub a particular dish. But, now I’ve decided that I can do even more to conserve water. I will avoid turning faucets on at full speed, whether it is for washing my hands, my face, or my dishes. This morning I did a little experiment to see how much water I will save. In just 2 seconds at full speed, my kitchen faucet puts out 1 cup of water. That’s 30 cups per minute literally down the drain. At a low speed it puts out only 1/4 cup of water in the same amount of time. Using a rough estimate for how many dishes I do per week and how long it takes to wash those dishes, I calculated that I will save 4 gallons of water per week. Considering Greg’s water guzzling history, I probably won’t be able to convince him to use less water, so instead, I will also start to wash more of the dishes in our apartment.
Some people might say that we don’t need to save water because the world is 75% water. But actually, there is a lot of energy used to pump water, treat water, distribute water, heat water, and then treat wastewater. In fact, all this water processing accounts for 4% of our nations electricity usage as of 2012. Of course the more electricity/ energy used, the more pollution we put into our atmosphere and the hotter our planet becomes. Keeping those facts in mind, I’ll have a smile on as I trickle water over my soapy dishes.