Why Water Conservation Is More Important Than Ever
Less than 3% of the Earth’s water is freshwater and 2% of that is frozen in glaciers–leaving less than 1% that’s available and suitable for human consumption. With a rapidly growing population, water access and scarcity are increasingly widespread and problematic.
Take a minute to review these 10 easy ways to conserve water and help fight this quickly developing problem.
10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water
- Don’t pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Experts agree that pre-rinsing has practically no effect on how clean dishes get by running them in the dishwasher, needlessly wasting thousands of gallons of water every year.
- When you are hand-washing dishes, don’t leave the water running. If you have two sinks, consider filling one with soapy water and the other with clean water to rinse. Otherwise, turn the water on and off as needed. Leaving the water running while hand-washing squanders large volumes.
- Only use your clothes washer and dishwasher when you have a full-load. Small loads waste water, while larger loads are more water efficient.
Replace your showerhead with a more water efficient model. The difference in water volume can be huge–and lower volume showerheads are just as efficient at getting you clean.
- If you have a sprinkler system, place sprinklers strategically for the best coverage–and so you’re not wasting water watering your sidewalk or the side of your house.
- Rinse produce with a bowl of water instead of letting the tap run.
- Pay attention to your water bill. If it’s irregularly high, you may have leaks. It can also be a good indicator of how efficient your water consumption is and help motivate you to improve it.
- Shut off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth. Keeping it running won’t get them any cleaner.
- Spice up your love life by taking a shower with your spouse. It’s much more efficient than showering alone. Tell her we told you so.
- Listen for running water; dripping faucets are a common problem, especially in older homes.