Did you know the average American uses over 100 gallons of water a day, while many others around the world survive on 3 gallons or less a day? Factor in the water needed to cool electrical power plants and each American averages 670 gallons of water a day. Add in water needed for agriculture, flushing, brushing and bathing, fueling your car, watering your lawn etc, and we can total over 2000 gallons a day, or twice the global average!
We often take water for granted….after all, turn on the faucet or flush the toilet and water is right there. No worries, right? Well Colorado for one is a water starved state and we shouldn’t take water for granted. After all, with the population growth Colorado is experiencing, water may become a real problem in our very near future. We must preserve!
With World Water Day being March 22, it’s time to raise awareness….
Luckily, it’s very easy to make a difference!
* Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth and save up to 4 gallons of water.
* Likewise for shaving, save some water in the basin to rinse your razor, but don’t let the water run.
* Take a 5 minute shower for 25 gallons of water, whereas a bath can take 70 gallons.
* Use an aerator on your shower to slow the flow too.
* Collect the warm up water from your shower so you don’t waste the water while waiting for it to get hot. Use it to water house plants, outside plants, or even to rinse your shower off after you clean it the next time!
* Replace your toilet flapper if you hear the toilet filling up when you haven’t flushed it.
* Only run the dishwasher when full and look for energy efficient versions when replacing appliances.
* Only run the washer when full, or set to the closest setting for the load to reduce water use.
* Fill a basin with water to hand wash dishes in, then rinse. Don’t leave the water run endlessly.
* Soak dishes in a basin to soften baked on food, then wash out. Don’t let the water run while trying to tackle a messy pan!
* Be sure your lawn sprinkler hits the areas it’s needed on, not the sidewalks!, and put it on a timer.
* If there is rain in the forecast, turn those sprinklers off!
* Direct downspouts to flower beds to direct water flow to where it’s needed.
* Mulch your garden to prevent evaporation and retain water in the ground.
* Set your lawnmower height a little higher. Slightly taller grass (about 2 in tall) will help retain water better than a short grass will, and will stay healthier too.
* Put ice cubes in your hanging plants so they get watered, but no water drips out and gets wasted.
* Use the water from your pet’s water dish to water some plants before refilling the bowl.
* Use drought tolerant, native plants when planting in your garden. Once they are established they will require less water than other plants.
* Take cars to a car wash instead of washing in your driveway. The water is recycled and waste is minimized.
* Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge so icy cold water is available. It’ll save you from running the faucet until its cold.
* Keep a cover on your pool when not in use to minimize evaporation.
* One drip every second can add up to 5 gallons in a day! Fix the leaks!
Easy, right??? There are a lot more ideas here:
World Water Day
36 Eye Opening Facts about Water
Colorado’s Water Plan
Water Tracking App
How much water do you waste?
100 Ways to Conserve Water