Ways you can Conserve Water
- Take shorter showers: You can save up to 25 gallons of water a day by cutting 5 minutes off your shower time.
- Turn off the tap: Turning off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving can save about 8 gallons a day.
- Sweep instead of hose: Don’t hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom!
- Landscape wisely: Climate-appropriate plants need significantly less water.
- Slow the flow: Replacing shower heads with low-flow models and putting inexpensive aerator on faucets can cut water use by up to 20 percent.
- Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes which is a big water savings.
How you can Help.
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
Water, it’s a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.