Top Tips to Save Water and Your Septic System
We’ve all heard about how important it is to save water. Saving water is the best thing for our environment and clean water is truly a limited resource we need to conserve for future generations. But did you know that conserving water can help and sometimes even prolong the life of your septic system?
The average family uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day – and at least 27% of that is from just the toilet! The current standards for septic systems (beginning in about 1985) state that a septic system has to be rated to handle 450 gallons of water usage per day, so you can imagine that a household that doesn’t have good control of their water usage can get into trouble with their septic system rather quickly.
A few tips to help conserve water in your home are:
- Replace older model toilets with water saving toilets. Older toilets tend to use 3.5-7 gallons of water per flush while the newer models use an average of 1.6 gallons per flush – quite a difference! And they can potentially reduce water usage by as much as 60% depending on the model.
- Replace conventional showerheads with newer water saving models. Just this change alone can save the average family 2,900 gallons of water per year. The energy you save to heat that water is enough for 13 days of heating your home! Plus your wallet will thank you for a lower energy bill.
- Wash only full loads. Washing a load of laundry uses 40 gallons per load. With many small loads of laundry this can easily overload your septic system. We also recommend not washing many large loads in the same day to keep from overloading your septic system. This tip can also be applied to the dishwasher.
- Don't overload your septic system by using a lot of water in one day. A family of four can easily use 400 gallons of water, 40% of a 1,000-gallon septic tank, in a day. Spacing out when you shower, wash laundry, and do the dishes can help maintain your septic system and keep your drainfield healthy as well.
- The tip anyone can do easily: Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth. This simple change can save approximately 200 gallons of water per month. We suggest sticking a post it note to the mirror above the sink to remind yourself and your family to turn off the faucet.
There are many ways to save water and help your septic system. We’d be happy to share more information with you if needed. Please, as always, don’t hesitate to call us with any questions. We are here to help you have the best performing, healthiest septic system on the block!
All of our facts and figures were found at www.EPA.gov. This article originally ran in our seasonal newsletter. We have since added a few more tips to save water. If you would like to be included in our next seasonal newsletter mailing please let us know.