15 Ways to Reduce Your Water Footprint

●The United Nations has identified water shortages as one of the two most serious problems facing the world today.
●A faucet leaking one drop a second wastes 2,700 gallons a year.
●If all Earth’s water were in a one-gallon jug, a little more than a tablespoonful would be available for human use.
●It takes 24 gallons of water to make one pound of plastic.

What you can do:

Anyone can make a difference even if it is reducing your shower time from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. You don’t have to do everything on this list. Try doing just one thing and then work your way up.

1. Wash dishes in a dishpan using biodegradable soap, then empty the water on flowers and plants in your home or outside.
2. Don’t flush the toilet unless you poop.
3. Take shorter showers. Try taking a shower every other day or every 3-4 days or longer!
4. Insulate hot water pipes. It saves water because you don’t have to let the water run as long to get hot water to the faucet.
5. Instead of an in-sink garbage disposal, start a compost bin.
6. Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full.
7. Regularly look for and fix leaks.
8. Wash cars rarely or take them to a carwash. Commercial carwashes use less water per wash than home washers.
9. Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
10. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle.
11. Use a water-efficient showerhead.
12. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
13. Let pots and pans soak in water instead of letting the water run and scrubbing food particles off.
14. While soaping up your hands, turn off the water.
15. Fill a jug of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cool drink.

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