How Much Water Is Bergen County Wasting Annually?
The flow rate of a standard bathroom faucet is 1.6 gallons per minute. If we brush for three minutes with the faucet running, we’re wasting 5 gallons each time we brush. That may not seem like too much, but if all 1.1 million people living in Bergen County, NJ did that twice a day, while brushing alone we will waste 4.15 BILLION gallons of Bergen County’s water supply every year.
What Can Your Family Do?
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We ask all Bogota Dental Center patients to shut off your water while they brush, also asking that they have household members do the same. Please feel free to use this topic as a conversation starter at the water cooler at work, talk about an apropos topic! If a family of four stops running the faucet while brushing it will save over 14 THOUSAND gallons of water yearly, that amount of water can sustain an impoverished village of 100 people for 2 ½ months!
Does Brushing In the Shower Save Water?
You might think so; after all you’re multitasking using only one stream of water. There are a few reasons why this isn’t a good idea.
Remember, your showerhead is a hive full of bacteria, which adds significant levels of bacteria to the water you’re brushing with. Your mouth is already the home to many bacteria; studies have proven you’ll get more bacteria on your toothbrush if you leave it in the shower, ultimately winding up in your mouth.
Furthermore, it’s impossible that brushing in the shower saves water. After all, the shower is running the entire time you’re brushing. In fact, showerheads use more water than sink faucets; consequently wasting more water brushing in the shower than you would if you brushed at the sink.
What Is The Solution?
The only solution is brushing in the sink while turning the water off after wetting your toothbrush. So make sure you’re shutting off the faucet every time you brush, and don’t brush in the shower.
If you’re looking for a Bergen County dentist to help take care of your dental needs, from basic cleanings to dental implants, please call (201) 343-6770 for an appointment at Bogota Dental Center today!