When you turn on any faucet in your home, you are accessing tap water. Tap water comes from the municipal water company in your community. In fact, the majority of homeowners in our country get their tap water from a civic water system, which generally provides its consumers with an annual water quality report known as a Consumer Confidence Report. There are various questions and concerns surrounding tap water in our country. For starters, consumers want to know if tap water is unhealthy to drink, if its taste can be improved, and whether or not a water conditioning system will make a difference in tap water quality. You see, when your tap water quality is poor, the rest of your home and plumbing will be effected in many ways.
Hard water can create limescale on plumbing fixtures, as well as, cause a buildup in pipes and water-related appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, and more. Limescale buildup not only affects the performance of these appliances and systems, it also wastes money. When appliances and plumbing are affected by limescale and other hard water complications, they have to work harder to meet the same needs, which in turn uses more energy, and thus, more money.
So how much does tap water actually cost in the United States? And how much is poor quality tap water costing you, personally? Continue reading to learn some facts about these points and more.
The Cost of Tap Water
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average cost of tap water comes out to be around $0.01 per 5 gallons of tap water. So just one penny pays for 5 milk jugs of water. In contrast, bottled water is between 240 and 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. This is astonishing if you do more math. That’s because the price of a standard package of bottled water is virtually equivalent to 1,000 gallons of tap water!
But this low cost can add up quicker than you think.
How to Reduce Water Waste
The best way to reduce your personal water waste is to incorporate new routines into your daily life and make positive habit changes. For instance, you can stop letting the faucet run when you brush your teeth or wash the dishes. You can also put your washing machine on an Energy-Saving mode, or turn up the temperature setting on your water heater so you don’t have to wait as long for your shower to heat up.
However, none of these changes will matter if you do not fix a water quality issue first. The top recommended method of improving water quality is to install a water softening system. See our blog, “How to Save Money on Water and Salt With Your Water Softener” to learn more about making money-saving changes to your home or office.
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