Walk into a restaurant in California today and you might have to ask for water. The times sure have changed, and water is now trending as one of the top environmental debate topics. In most cases, our individual water consumption has a relatively small effect on our own lives. Our water bill may go up, but in a world filled with bills and other payments, these types of things often go relatively unnoticed. The recent drought crisis in California is opening our eyes to the adverse effects of water scarcity, and prompting many to take action. The World Economic Forum announced earlier this year that the water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to present day society. 1
THE DOMESTIC WATER CRISIS
2015 was the first year that the state of California began mandating water restrictions. Towns and cities were required to lower water usage by 20%. 2 That means shorter showers, washing clothes less often, and of course fewer lush green lawns. At first glance this seems to have relatively no effect on the other 49 states, but the state of California happens to grow half of the vegetables and fruits the rest of us eat today. Did you know that every single walnut grown requires 4.9 gallons of water to produce? 3
The agricultural industry plays a huge role in how much water is consumed each day. The market is only getting more stressed as the population continues to grow, and it is reflecting on our water supply. For the average American’s meals, a staggering 1,000 gallons of water per person is needed every single day. 4 When looking at the bigger picture, the water shortage in California is requiring more attention nationally.
THE GLOBAL PICTURE
California is not the only area concerned with water usage. Other states across the U.S. have been dealing with significant droughts and some countries elsewhere in the world have been coping with water issues of their own over the years. The World Health Organization reports that 1 in 10 people don’t have access to safe water. 5 Contaminated water leads to water borne diseases, which is a major cause of death in less developed countries.
Globally, agriculture accounts for the use of 70% of Earth’s available freshwater. That is a huge number, but for the most part it makes sense considering how critical the production of food is. The unfortunate reality is that up to 60% of that is lost due to leaks in irrigation systems. 6
While the water dilemma in the U.S. might pale in comparison to the issues being faced in less fortunate regions, America needs to be the leader of the global water conservation movement. The U.S. is a trend setter and many countries look to our leadership. If we can establish a good process for conserving our own resources, we can more effectively aid other countries that need assistance.
THE QUICK FIX
Monitoring leaks is one of the easiest steps in controlling our water usage. The United States Environmental protection agency notes that 13.7% of the household water we use is attributed solely to leaks. Leaks are typically found in outdated indoor and outdoor water fixtures. Older units such as outdated faucets, toilets, and shower heads, are extremely inefficient. The U.S. EPA saw that up to 10% of households are still using these older fixtures, which is causing them to waste up to 90 gallons of water per day. Upgrading to new and dynamic units would not only stop those leaks, but also cut down on water bills. The U.S. EPA notes that even if only 5% of homes fixed these leaks, up to 177 billion of gallons would be saved each year. 7
Taking steps towards sustainable water usage does not call for any dramatic changes, but would be extremely beneficial for our future. Even the slightest of changes could result in huge water savings for the future. Drastically cutting down on our use of water is not necessary in most cases, but preventing wasteful situations will allow our water resources to stay plentiful and will save us money as well.
When designing Aquor products, a major objective was to create the most efficient and versatile outdoor water devices on the planet. After seeing how wasteful conventional outdoor faucets can be due to their prolific leaks, we sought to completely redesign the faucet system to eliminate leaks while maintaining a superior level of functionality.
Our goal was to design the best outdoor faucet from both sustainability and usage perspectives. The team at Aquor truly believes that our company is making a small, yet significant, step forward in improved outdoor water usage. Aquor will continue to live by that philosophy and create products that maintain our standard of quality, responsibility, and efficiency.
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