Simple Tips to Help Reduce Your Monthly Water Bill

An average household consumes around two hundred and fifty litres of water per head per day. If you are looking to cut corners on your monthly household expenses, it really makes sense to spend water sensibly. Many of you would be happy to know that you can make a significant difference without making any drastic changes to your water expenditure pattern.

Here are some of the easiest ways for you to conserve water and reduce your monthly water bill.

  • One of the most important factors that lead to wastage of water are the leakages found around the sinks and toilets. Experts suggest that even a minor leakage may lead to seventy five litres of water wastage per day.

Check your toilet for leakages by adding some food grade colored dye to the tank. If there is a leak, you will see the dye in the bowl after around fifteen minutes. Detection of leaks in the faucet is relatively simple and spouts are the most common areas to find leakages. Sinks and the base of the faucets are also probable areas to look for leakages. Immediately contact a plumber if you find leakages anywhere in your plumbing system.

  • Another alternative to save water is to only use the full load of the washing machines and dishwashers. The less these two appliances are used, the less will be the water consumption for your household. As far as the dishwasher is concerned, avoiding prewashing the dishes is a great way to save water. In case of washing machines, try to avoid the temptation of washing small loads of clothes.
  • You may end up saving as much as ten to fifteen litres of water per day by installing low-flow toilets. Many of you would be shocked to know that around 30% of the water remains unused while using a shower. This wastage can be minimised by installing the advanced, water-saving shower heads.
  • Adding aerators to the faucets is one more effective measure to save water. Aerators not only reduce the amount of water used by the faucets, but also increase the water pressure.
  • You may also consider replacing your existing dishwasher and washing machine with the Energy Star versions of these appliances. This will help you save around seven litres of water per dishwasher cycle and anything between seventy to hundred litres of water per laundry cycle.
  • Changing certain habits can also help your household become more efficient in terms of water usage. If possible, try taking shorter showers, turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth, avoid flushing the toilet every single time, and don’t use running water to defrost frozen food.
  • Rain water harvesting is another simple yet effective technique to become more water efficient. All you need to do is to store rainwater in whichever way you can. Later on, you can use this water for the purpose of watering your lawn and garden.

How To Prevent Water Intoxication

Have you heard of water intoxication? It occurs when you accidently drink too much water. It is also known as water poisoning and hyperhydration. The interesting thing about it is that it is a rare condition – under normal conditions. An extreme example of how this can develop comes from drinking contests where high quantities of fluid are consumed in a short period of time.

 

What causes water poisoning is an imbalance between water and electrolytes. When excessive water is consumed in a short period of time without enough electrolytes also consumed, it creates this imbalance. The imbalance can affect brain function and sometimes results in death.

 

Long distance runners and extreme sports participants are susceptible to water intoxication just from drinking too much water when exercising. The symptoms result in athletes who consume high volumes of liquid forcing the sodium level in their body to drop. The threshold level has been pegged at 135 mmol/L and less. This is why organized endurance races have several checkpoints and provide participants with liquids other than just water. Sports drinks containing electrolytes are a common solution to preventing hyperhydration from happening.

 

In fact, even if you are not an athlete you still risk contracting water poisoning. If you are involved in any activity where overexertion results in heavy sweating or work in high heat climates, you will need to replace lost fluids. By just drinking water can reduce your body’s sodium to an unsafe level. Staying hydrated should include some kind of electrolyte replacement to prevent the symptoms of water intoxication from developing.

 

This is also why hospitals are careful to monitor fluid levels when an unconscious patient is being fed with an intravenous source. The balance that has to be maintained will equal that of fluids and electrolytes lost by the patient, even when they are unconscious. If they are not monitored and a proper balance is not maintained, the risk of developing hyperhydration increases.

 

So when you find yourself sweating excessively from an activity or due to climate conditions, remember to be safe by hydrating your body by replacing fluids. The most important thing to do is to mix the amount of water you drink with some form of electrolyte replacement. This can be easily achieved by adding a sports drink to you fluid replacement routine and you will never experience the symptoms associated with water poisoning.

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