Our water is finite, which means that we do not have an unlimited supply. 97% of all the water on earth is salt water, which only leaves 3% fresh water, and only 1% of the fresh water is available for drinking water. You may say where did the other 2% of the fresh water go? It is locked in ice caps and glaciers.
This is why it is important that we create the habits that help us conserve our water supply. A habit means that it becomes natural for us and that only habits through practice.
Here are ten ways you can begin creating the habits in your family.
Tip #1: Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
Tip #2: Use your garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
Tip #3: Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
Tip #4: Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Then re-use the water-to-water houseplants.
Tip # 5: You can save up to 150 gallons of water per month, per family member by shortening your shower by a minute or two. You might want to consider pre-ordering the Epiphany!
Tip #6: Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
Tip #7: Decrease water waste on sloping lawns, apply water for five minutes and then repeat two to three times. A running hose can release up to 10 gallons a minute. Set your kitchen timer to remind you to turn it off.
Tip #8: Here’s a win-win. Wash dark clothing in cold water it will save both water and energy, not too mention your clothing we hold its color longer.
Tip #9: Inspect your home inside and outside for leaks. Fixing a leak can save 300 or more gallons per month.
Tip #10: Turn off the water while you shave and brush your teeth.
With a little bit of extra effort and practice we can save significant amounts of water, ensuring that future generations will have a sufficient supply of water.