With warm temperatures peaking around the country this summer, it’s important for well owners to be aware of water usage so you don’t overtax your water supply. Read on to learn about simple water conservation actions you can take to make sure you have plenty of water now and in the future.
Why Water Conservation is Essential
Before we get to how to conserve water, let’s talk for a moment about why conservation is essential for homes that draw water from a well. There are many reasons for well users to conserve water, particularly in warm weather, including:
- Protecting your drinking water supply
- Saving money
- Safeguarding the environment
While water is generally considered a renewable resource, it takes time for that renewal to happen. So, if the weather is hot and water usage is high, the water available through your underground well may not be enough to meet all the demands.
If you overtax the aquifer, you risk water contamination and your well may even “run dry.” This is inconvenient, costly, and bad for the environment. If your well runs dry you’ll likely have to drill a new well—which means you’ll be without water until that’s done and you may cause irreparable damage to the underground water system.
By limiting water usage preemptively, you ensure that you’ll have adequate drinking water (as well as water for other household uses) both now and in the future. You’ll also safeguard the environment by keeping the aquifer intact and avoiding changes to the water ecosystem in your area.
Easy Actions to Conserve Water
Some of the easiest actions to conserve water have to do with usage and efficiency. Are there ways you can use less water, such as taking shorter showers? Or are there more efficient ways to use water, such as making sure you only wash laundry when you have a full load?
It’s also important to make sure there aren’t any hidden draws on your water supply. Check for and address any leaks in your home in order to mitigate passive water usage. You can also upgrade older or inefficient appliances and fixtures. These might include:
- Flow-restricting showerheads
- High-efficiency washing machines
- Low-flow toilets
There can be some initial sticker shock with these newer appliances or fixtures, but they’ll save money—and water—in the long run!
If you need assistance with your home water well in Valatie or the surrounding area, call the team at Goold Wells & Pumps today. We have over 90 years of experience in well drilling and management. If you have questions or concerns about your home water well, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert team. Goold Wells & Pumps—Trusted Name Since 1928.