Most Common Sources of Home Water Waste in Sacramento

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Now that we’re all stuck at home and using more of everything — good thing you got the 27-pack of toilet paper — let’s talk about water waste. After all, nobody’s ever complained to Ace Plumbing that they’re not spending enough on water. Times are tight, and every bit of savings we can manage helps. So with that in mind, let’s run down the most common ways you’re wasting water, and what you can do about each one.

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Leaks waste a ridiculous amount of water every year. Nationwide, they account for about a trillion gallons of water wasted. That probably sounds like someone made a mathematical mistake, but if you take a closer look at the numbers, it makes sense. A single faucet that drips once per second wastes 3,000 gallons per year. Even a slower leak — a drop every six seconds — still wastes 500 gallons per year. The EPA estimates that ten percent of homes waste 90 gallons of water or more daily. So fix those leaks!


Toilets can be an even bigger culprit when it comes to wasting water. For one thing, when they leak, it’s often at a higher volume. For another, each flush uses more water quicker than you’d think. Replacing your old toilet with one that’s more efficient and better-sealed can save up to thirteen thousand gallons of water per year.

Washing Dishes

Let’s say you live alone. Let’s look at your use of dishes throughout the day:

  • Breakfast uses a coffee cup, a plate for the last few cookies, a bowl for your cereal, and a spoon
  • Mid-morning snack means a spoon for your yogurt
  • Lunch: A plate and knife for your sandwich, and a glass for your drink
  • Another cup for coffee to perk up around mid-afternoon
  • A glass for your bourbon for a virtual happy hour over Zoom
  • Another glass, plus a fork and plate for the leftovers you heated for dinner

That’s not that many dishes, and if you’re in the habit of keeping a clean kitchen, you might even keep up with the washing as you go. Here’s the thing, though: if you put all of it in the dishwasher and run it at the end of the day, you’re still using less water than you would have washing just your breakfast dishes by hand. Add roommates, a significant other, or kids to the mix and the savings add up even faster.


We’ve all been there: you climb into a hot shower at the end of a long day and… wait, where were we again? Oh, right. You zone out and lose all track of time and space. Or you have those deep shower thoughts you don’t have anywhere else. Much as we hate to say it, taking shorter showers will save a lot of water. So, too, will installing a low-flow showerhead, which we’ll be happy to help with.

Washing Clothes

A standard wash cycle uses about 30 gallons of water. High-efficiency machines help to use less water, but if you can’t swing the price of a new washer and dryer right now, make sure you’re paying attention to your load level relative to the size of the load (it’s easy to forget and wash a couple of pairs of pants with a lot more water than they need). Unless something needs to be disinfected or specifically calls for hot water, do more of your washing in cold water. You won’t necessarily use less water that way, but you’ll save hot water, which in turn saves energy.

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So there you have it: simple steps anyone can take to save water. For help with new plumbing fixtures, leak fixes, and nearly any other plumbing need under the sun, get in touch with Ace Plumbing today!

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