Wednesday, June 06, 2007


1% of water on Earth suitable for human use.
--Water is necessary to the survival of both people and ecosystems. Despite the apparent abundance of water in some countries, water is actually a limited resource; less than 1% of the Earth's water is available for human use. An easy first step to conserving water is cutting down on water waste.

--Repair leaky faucets. Just one drip per second wastes 20 gallons per day.

--Check your toilet for leaks. Put 10 drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the color begins to appear in the bowl after 20 minutes without flushing, you have a leak that could be costing you 200 gallons per day. Repair parts are cheap and easy to install.

--Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face. Faucets spout 2-3 gallons per minute. Also, try installing an inexpensive faucet aerator to reduce the flow.

--Take shorter showers. Showers use 5 to 10 gallons per minute. Consider buying a low flow shower head.

--Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank. If you do not own a low flow toilet, fill a plastic bottle with water or sand and place it in the tank of your toilet where it will not interfere with the operating mechanisms. This will decrease the amount of water used with each flush.

--Run the washing machine and dishwasher only when full. If you have to wash a partial load, adjust the water level settings accordingly and avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an extra 5 gallons. If you are buying a new appliance, consider a water-saving front load washer.

--Don't let the water run while washing dishes.

--Fill up the sink basin or a large bowl for washing and run the faucet at a low level for rinsing.

--Turn off the water while you wash your car.

--Use a bucket instead and save over 100 gallons.

--Water your lawn only when it needs it. If the grass springs back up after you step on it, it doesn't need water. Try to water during the cool parts of the day and avoid watering when it is windy.

--Use recycled water for your houseplants. Save the leftover water from boiling eggs, washing vegetables, etc.

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