As Americans, we have been spoiled with a steady stream of water. It is a privilege that all too many of us take for granted. About the only time a lot of us even think about our water supply is when it is threatened by a flood, drought or disaster. And even then, we still take a shower every day, flush the toilet at will and water the garden.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average American family uses about 400 gallons of water every day. That is a lot. It is even more concerning when you discover that a lot of the water we use is wasted. We hope you aren’t the type of person who leaves the water on for the duration of your teeth brushing session.

American Drain Company, your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers ways in which you can save water at home.



If your garden is small enough, consider watering it by hand. Households that do not use a garden hose use up to 30 percent less water.


Using a rain barrel or an ordinary 55-gallon drum, capture rainwater pouring off your roof from gutters and downspouts. This water can then be used to water plants in your home or flowers on your porch and vegetables in your garden.

You can also use rainwater to wash your car and wash the windows on your home.


In case you haven’t heard, toilets are responsible for about 30 percent of your indoor water consumption. Older toilets are very wasteful and can use up to six gallons of water per flush.

But newer, water-saving toilets use as little as 1.5 gallons per flush. Dual-flush toilets use even less water.

You could save water by showering fewer times, like once or twice a week. This will save water, but you will also likely lose friends and people would avoid you at work.

A better way to save household water is by replacing your old showerhead with a water-saving showerhead. In addition, taking shorter showers is also a good way to save water.


You can save a lot of water by breaking bad habits. Maybe you turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth to save water, but there could be other ways you waste water. For example, when you wash dishes, do you keep the water on to rinse? Never let faucet water run needlessly while you wash or rinse the dishes.

Also, check all of your faucets for leaks, this is another waste of water.


Learn to re-purpose water. Capture the water you use to rinse vegetables and use it in your garden. Capture the cold water that runs before it gets hot and use it to water plants in the house.

If you have leaky faucets that need to be fixed, call American Drain Company and schedule an appointment.