tiny step #12 – conserving water
according to the epa (environmental protection agency), americans use up to 100 gallons of water per day. nearly 450 million people in 29 countries face severe water shortages. predictions indicate that within 5 years, at least 36 u.s. states will face water shortages due to a combination of rising temperatures, drought, population growth, and waste.
research has shown that residential water use could be reduced by as much as 50 percent through efficiency. here are a few simple suggestions for reducing your water consumption. test your water sense with this quiz from the epa.
• if your toilet was installed before 1992, add a toilet dam to reduce the amount of water flowing out of it by 35 percent and still leave it functioning properly. (never use a brick to displace water in the tank, because it can deteriorate and clog your pipes.)
• turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. fill the basin for washing or shaving.
• wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl, and fill you sink to wash and rinse dishes, instead of running the water.
• don’t let tap water run to get cold, store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.
• run dishwasher and washing machines only when full and remember to adjust the load size.
• don’t pour unused water down the drain, use to it water plants or give (clean) water to pets.
• landscape your property using native plants appropriate to your climate, so that they won’t require excessive watering and will retain soil moisture.
• sweep, rather than spraying down, your driveway and sidewalk.
• time water usage. put a timer on your sprinkler and outdoor faucets/taps.
for more information on conserving water visit the epa’s website