If you are like 1 in 3 Americans in 2018, you use a kettle at home to brew hot drinks, such as tea or coffee. But did you know that using a kettle or boiling water over a stove uses up to 60% more energy than using a hot water dispenser?
In the majority of cases, up to half the water boiled in a kettle is eventually dumped out down the drain, since more water is boiled than is required. This can also be solved by using a hot water dispenser, which will give you the exact amount of hot water you require, without any waste.
The best hot water dispensers are usually a tankless design, meaning they heat water in real time as it flows, similar to a water heater. This ensures that energy is not wasted by storing a fixed amount of water at a constant temperature, even when there is no demand for hot water.
The prices for hot water dispensers range from $25 up to $300, depending on the build quality, flow rate, efficiency and brand. Generally the cheaper models have a tank, which are less efficient, and the more expensive models are tankless, which use less energy and require less maintenance.
If you are one of the hundreds of millions of Americans drinking hot beverages on a daily basis, we urge you to consider a hot water dispenser to save water and energy.
Have you ever wondered where your water goes when it goes down the drain?
In this article, we will tackle two common sources of dirty water in the home – your dishwasher and your bathroom.
When you use your dishwasher to clean dishes, lots of matter is washed away in the drain. In addition to organic molecules from your food, there will also be the dishwasher detergent in the mix.
Now, most people’s water is drained to a local water treatment plant, where advanced technology scrubs the water and prepares it for safe human consumption. But how much particulate is actually removed from the water? If your local treatment plant is not using reverse osmosis, there is a good chance a lot of this matter isn’t fully removed from your water.
For that reason, it’s important that you are responsible when selecting the right detergent. We suggesting reading reviews of dishwasher detergents and try to pick one that is eco friendly.
While unsavoury to think about, the water you flush down the toilet is eventually recycled to your drinking water. You can rest assured water is treated well enough to remove organic matter and kill all pathogens, but some of the hormones and chemicals may still get through the treatment plant. That’s why it’s very important to be responsible in the way you clean your toilet.
We highly advise against using any kind of permanent toilet bowl cleaner, especially any product that keeps your water permanently blue. Remember, all of us will be affected by your choice of cleaning products.
With the right education, we can make informed decisions about how to keep our communities safe, and our water as clean and pure as possible.
With more and more data suggesting that global warming will continue to cause unpredictable weather patterns, the preservation of water becomes more and more critical with every passing year. In addition to global warming, water pollution continues to be a major concern as populations and industry expand in the United States.
One way you can protect the water in your home is by purchasing and installing a whole house water filtration system. These filters are great at removing sediment from your water which in turn will naturally make your home consume less water. Be sure to read some whole house water filter reviews before making a purchase; ensuring you get the perfect unit for your home.
How filters preserve water
When you are doing your day to day tasks such as the dishes, laundry and taking showers, you will notice that you use more water when it’s harder. This is because soap produces many more suds in unfiltered water. In addition, human skin will feel softer in filtered water than in hard, unfiltered water, resulting in the average person taking 3.4 more minutes on average per shower when using water that hasn’t first been filtered.
What whole house water filters remove
If your water is highly contaminated, you’ll need more than a whole house water filter, and may need a solution such as reverse osmosis. A typical water filtration system will only remove sediments and heavy metals, but will fail to remove pathogens and small particles. That’s why water filters are best suited for safe water, such as from a local well, and not so much for a water source such as a lake.
Will it remove fluoride?
Whole house water filter will not remove fluoride. If you are concerned about fluoride in your water, you may want to consider a strong water filter pitcher or counter top water filter with a specific fluoride filter. They are available without any installation, but generally are a little more expensive.
Removing Bad Odors
If your water source is well, you may have noticed a “rotten egg” smell coming from your water. This is caused by sulfates, which are usually harmless but definitely don’t smell very appealing. A whole house water filter will definitely help with this, and you can ensure that you don’t smell like eggs after a warm shower!
While we would all love to trust that our water is safe everytime we turn on the tap, the reality is that dozens of people die due to contaminants in drinking water every year in the United States and Canada. We are not trying to scare you, but just as you have a fire alarm, carbon gas monitor, home insurance, we think it’s prudent to spend a few dollars each year to test your home water supply.
There are a few things you want to test for:
pH levels – you want to have as close to a pH level of 7 as possible. Anything below 7 is considered acidic, and anything above 7 is considered basic. But at the same time, anything close to 7 is fine for humans, and a lot of people are a little bit paniced over pH levels. As long as it’s close to 7, you’re in the safe.
Fluoride – most public water supplies have fluoride added to the water. Fluoride is naturally occurring at various levels from different water sources across the United States, and yet it is still added to most water to help prevent tooth decay in the population. If Fluoride levels are too high, you may want to consider a reverse osmosis filtration system to remove the fluoride.
Other Contaminants – anything from lead, arsenic, chlorine and other sediments can be found in public water supplies. And while some small levels are considered acceptable, they often times taste bad. You don’t need any fancy kit for this; if your water tastes bad, you may want to consider a filtration system.
Pathogens – these are bacteria and viruses that can cause major illness. This is the more rare occurrence since the water treatment plants usually heat water enough to be able to kill all pathogens.
How to test your drinking water
There are a variety of online kits available to test your drinking water, in addition to a variety of things you need to test for (mentioned above). Instead of writing you a long essay, we think this video on testing water quality sums it up perfectly.
How to Filter Water if drinking water isn’t acceptable
There are a few different ways you can filter your water, depending on how bad your tests go!
If water is really bad – Reverse Osmosis
If you have quite a few problems with your water, from a bad pH level, to a high fluoride level or having other unacceptable levels of contaminants, then you will want to consider purchasing a reverse osmosis filtration system. Reverse Osmosis filters between 99% – 99.99% of all contaminants and leaves you with some of the purest water you can possibly get, literally, in the universe.
If water just tastes bad but is safe – Gravity Filter
Sometimes the water is perfectly safe but just has enough trace amounts of sediments that it makes the water taste bad. In these cases, you just need a simple water filter, such as a Brita Gravity filter, which will take care of most tastes. While it won’t change any fluoride levels or any pathogens, it will get the majority of sediments, such as calcium and limescale.
It is almost unbelievable that the Flint, Michigan water crisis began in 2014 and still hasn’t been resolved. As a quick recap, major mistakes were made in public water treatment plants that exposed the water to high levels of lead. This lead came from the water pipes during transportation from the water treatment plant. As the present time, it is expected to be completed by 2020. As of early in 2017, water is considered to be “acceptable”, but most residents were instructed to continue to use bottled water or filtered water with a reverse osmosis system or other 3 stage water filtration system.
Since Flint, Michigan is the most recent disaster we can think of, it’s easy to forget that public water disasters have happened in the United States before. The most scary part, however, are the water disasters of tomorrow. If we continue to allow corporations to expose our water sources to contaminants, importing water could be the future of our water, and you thought importing oil was expensive!
Here at WatershedConservationAuthority.org, we look to educate the public about hazards to our public water supply and call for politicians to keep our water safe. No amount of corporate profits today is worth the cost that our children will bear as we continue to destroy our precious water supply.
In addition, we seek to promote other water conservation and water access charities and organizations. Without water, there is no life.
Stay tuned to our website for more news and information about water conservation!