Research shows that more than three quarters of our planet’s mass is water. Perhaps this abundance is the reason why we seem to forget how essential and limited this resource is.
Water is an essential element of our everyday lives, not just for drinking, but for cleaning, bathing, and a variety of other purposes as well. The largest consumption of water takes place in our homes, where washing, cooking, cleaning, and other similar tasks utilize and waste a large amount of water. To reduce the consumption of water for everyday household chores, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a program known as WaterSense in 2006.
More about WaterSense
WaterSense is a water consumption program that is designed to improve water efficiency throughout the United States by using special labels to mark water-efficient and water-saving home appliances and consumer products.
A range of dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets are included in this program, as these are the appliances that consume the most amount of water on a regular basis.
Almost every home in the United States is equipped with a dishwasher that must be filled with water in order to operate properly. Most homeowners prefer to run their dishwasher at least once per day to avoid the collection of dirty dishes in their kitchen sink. Two of the water-efficient dishwashers recommended by the WaterSense program are:
Features: Nine-plate capacity, four wash cycles, water softener
Features: Seven place settings, nine wash cycles including an Eco option, adjustable racks
Whether you wash your clothes every day or once a week, your washing machine wastes a lot of water with each load. Some water-efficient washing machines are:
Features: PreciseFill auto-load sensing, 13 wash cycles
Features: 11 wash cycles, steam wash
Every time you flush the toilet, water flows down your drain and enters the large collection of dirty water that is treated at a sewage treatment plant. Water- efficient toilets ensure that less water is wasted every time you flush, resulting in reduced consumption and wastage of water. Water-efficient toilets include:
Features: Chrome-plated top mounted push button actuator
Features: Seat height comparable to a standard chair, best-in-class bowl cleanliness