Friday, March 11, 2011
I was really surprised to walk into the restroom that I share with four other people to see that the water was left running from the lavatory faucet. As you can see from the picture, the water was not just dripping from the faucet, it was pouring out. Even if the water was just dripping out of the faucet at a rate of one drop per second, it can waste up to 2,700 gallons per year or 20 gallons per day. Not only is a leaking faucet a terrible and unnecessary waste of water, it increases the cost of water and sewer utilities. Sadly, the water may have been left running all day and that is a lot of wasted water going down a sink that will end up in a water treatment plant to be processed, an added expense that could have been avoided. Taking the time to turn off a faucet or fixing a leaky faucet is a simple fix for saving a valuable resource, water.