Texomans Could Be Wasting Hundreds Of Gallons Of Water A Month

Texomans Could Be Wasting Hundreds Of Gallons Of Water A Month

Many Texomans aren't having any trouble pitching in to conserve water during this drought.

"Well I'm not watering my yard or shrubs, I'm just letting it go and I'm not washing my car or washing the sidewalks off," said a Wichita Falls resident.

But what many don't realize is that it's inside our homes where we really use most of the water. City officials say in Texas an average person uses 200 gallons of water every day. Think about it this way, you can fill up a bathtub with 50 gallons of water so you alone are using the amount it takes to fill up 4 bathtubs.

Seventy five percent of the water you use everyday actually comes from the bathroom. If you leave the water running while brushing your teeth, you're actually wasting about 25 gallons of water a month. If you also do that while washing your hair, you're wasting 150 gallons a month.

"But the biggest user of water in the bathroom is the toilette so we really try to stress to the public that they should have their toilets checked for leaks which is a very easy thing to do," said Daniel Nix, the utilities operations manager for Wichita Falls.

Experts say having a leaking flapper can cost up to $500 a year in wasted water. Outside the bathroom we find ourselves using 14% of the water to do laundry and 11% of the water usage goes on in the kitchen.

"There are hundreds, if not thousands of gallons that you can conserve off your water bill that saves you money in the long run and it helps protect our source of drinking water also," said Nix.

You can learn 100 ways to conserve water by clicking on this link: http://tx-wichitafalls.civicplus.com/documents/2/85/179/100%20Ways%20to%20Save%20Water.PDF

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6