Pretty much everyone in the Pacific Northwest has heard about California’s drought crisis, but few of us understand both its severity and implications for the entire United States, including the Seattle area. California’s four-year drought is an unprecedented crisis, the impact of which is only beginning to be felt.
And as we’ve seen in California, the consequences of drought aren’t just brown lawns and empty pools. Here in Washington State, forest fires are tearing across 11 states and 740,000 acres, claiming hundreds of homes and dozens of lives.
If you’re wondering what you can do to defend against the region, nation, and world’s water conditions, the answer is clear: conserve water. Almost all of us are taught to water conservation from a young age—don’t leave the faucet running, take quick showers, and wash only full loads in your dishwasher. But now those best-practices have new gravity, and it’s the duty of all citizens to be as careful as possible with their water usage.
In the Pacific Northwest, we have thankfully been blessed with ample rainfall, and we can still look up at a cloudless, sunny sky with a smile. But water is a shared resource, within our state and country, and conservation is important everywhere.
At Clearwater Leak Detection, we’re doing our part for water conservation by helping families and businesses detect and repair the leaks they may have in their underground piping. Though it might not be the first thing most people think of, leaking pipes are a series problem—according to NPR, it’s estimated that the country loses 2.1 trillion gallons of water to aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains, and faulty meters. For context, a recent study of Chicago found that the city loses about 22 billion gallons of water a year through leaking pipes, which is enough to meet all the annual water needs of 700,000 people. And bear in mind that this water lost to the ground is potable and treated—it’s not only a waste of water, it’s a waste of the government resources that go into processing and transporting it.
If you think you have a water leak in your pipes, water main, or meter, contact us at Clearwater Leak Detection!