Without water, all of us would be…well…not here. It is the lifeblood of life on earth and as time goes on, it is becoming harder to find and use for many people on the planet. You would not know it living here in the U.S., but around the world there are tons of places where safe water is hard to find. That being said, there are a few things you can do to lessen your impact on the world’s water supply.
Check your faucets for leaks. If you have a leaky faucet that drips only once per second or so, you are wasting 1 gallon of water per day. Combine all the leaky faucets around the world, and it adds up to a ton of water being wasted.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, be sure to not leave the water running the entire time you are washing dishes. Today’s dishwashers are more efficient than washing all your dishes by hand with the water running, so if you don’t have one, just fill up one side of the sink with soapy water and the other side with clean water, or just turn the faucet on when you need to rinse each dish.
Run your washing machine only when you have a full load of laundry to do. Doing a few half loads during the week just because it is convenient for you wastes a ton of water.
Put something in the back of your toilet tank to displace some of the water. Be it a plastic bottle full of rocks or something else heavier than water, displacing even a liter of water for every flush will save a ton of water. And no, you won’t lose any flushing power.
Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth! This is a huge waste of water as you stand there staring at yourself in the mirror. Get some water on your toothbrush and turn the water off until you need to rinse. Could save a few gallons a day!
Take showers instead of baths. Filling up a bathtub takes a LOT of gallons of water. A quick 3-4 minute shower should be all you need. Of course, I need to work on the wife on this one. (sorry honey)
In above said shower, make sure you have a low-flow shower head. The low-flows of prior days did in fact stink…they gave you a little tiny drizzle that required 30 minutes to wash the shampoo out of your hair. Today’s shower heads use air to make it feel like a regular shower head, so you don’t lose much pressure at all.
For you guys out there who shave at the sink, turn off the water. Just fill up the basin, close the plug, and rinse your razor off in this water until you are all done shaving. Since shaving takes a little while, leaving the water running the entire time can waste gallons upon gallons of water that you aren’t even using.
If you live somewhere that it rains a lot, put some cisterns under your gutters. You can re-use rain water to water plants, clean the car, etc. Some cities give away cisterns for free; I know here in Santa Monica they do but since A. I live in an apartment and B. it barely ever rains, I don’t think I am going to get one.
Fill up a water pitcher with water and put it in the fridge. Getting your cold drinking water from there saves you from letting the water run until it is nice and cold from the faucet, which can save a few gallons a month.
Just because you get water easy at your house does not mean that everyone else does. So be considerate of the everyone else around the world and of the planet, as without clean water we are all goners!