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3 Ways to Save Water & Money

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3 Ways to Save Water & Money

When it’s raining or snowing outside, it’s easy to forget why water conservation is so important and that our everyday choices make a difference.

The truth is though that freshwater makes up a very small fraction of all the water on our planet. While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people. National Geographic

With that being said, the average American still directly* uses 100 to 175 gallons of water per day compared to the average family in African who uses 5 gallons per day. Approximately one-sixth of the world’s population, 1.1 billion people, do not have access to safe drinking water. Of those 1.1 billion people, millions die each year from water contamination related diseases.**

In fact:

The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. — water.org

Living in a first world country it’s often hard to understand the impact of this crisis as we go about our everyday lives, but the choices we make do matter. Thankfully there are a number of simple steps you can take during your daily routine to reduce your water consumption both for the benefit of the planet and your pocketbook. I’ll start you out with three!

* The amount of water that is indirectly used (through the products we buy and food we eat) is much higher.
**Facts from blueplanetnetwork.org

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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9:55AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:36AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

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7:48AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:01AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

It's a win-win for our future and environment

11:58PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Air conditioners often have a hose going nowhere, outside the window/wall. The water dripping onto the ground or pavement could be saved for the garden, simply by placing that cheap plastic bucket under the outlet.

11:52PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

an AVERAGE 10 min shower, OMG!!!
And here's me thinking that anything over my 3 - 4 min shower is a luxury for when I really need a luxury.

11:45PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Useful and interesting article. I haven't thought of the shower as a water waster.

Thank you for sharing.

12:31AM PDT on May 14, 2012

thanks for information

2:40PM PDT on May 7, 2012

thanks

7:41AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Thanks!

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