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Conservation Nation: Use Less Water

Conservation Nation: Use Less Water

Did you know that Americans use 127 percent more water than they did in 1950? Or that about 95 percent of the water we use goes down our drains? Given the severe drought conditions occurring in parts of the United States right now, it seems prudent to dive in and share some helpful water saving tips with you.

Although we appear to have plenty of rain in the United States, our water resources are under pressure. Quite simply we are consuming too much. Water also requires huge amounts of energy, both to treat it and pump it to our houses, so our thirst for water is damaging our planet in more ways than one.

The good news is that there are many simple things we can do at home and at work to reduce our consumption of water. Here are 10 of the 100 smart water-saving tips from Water: Use Less, Save More:

1. If you are making a hot drink, fill the kettle with only as much water as you need. You will save energy as well as water.

2. Garbage disposals use a considerable amount of water. Start composting and put vegetable scraps in your compost bin.

3. Use a bowl to wash vegetables or to wash and rinse plates.

4. Don’t keep the tap running when cleaning your teeth.

5. While waiting for shower water to run hot, collect the cold water and use it on your plants.

6. Have a five-minute shower instead of a bath and save 30 gallons of water.

7. Attach a hose to your washing machine outlet pipe. Collect the used water when the machine is discharging and use it to water the garden.

8. Use a rain barrel to collect the rainwater from your roof rather than using treated drinking water on your garden. (Read all about using rain barrels here.)

9. Make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water valve is and how to work it. Use it to turn the water off if you have a leak.

10. Keep the telephone number of a plumber handy for emergencies.

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Adapted from Water: Use Less, Save More by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert (Chelsea Green, 2007).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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6:18AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

We had a passive hot water recirculation system installed. Aside from the luxury of having quick hot water on a cold morning, the system saves untold gallons of water.

6:17AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Thank you.

5:57AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

We had a passive hot water recirculation system installed. Aside from the luxury of having quick hot water on a cold morning, the system saves untold gallons of water.

1:20AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

ty

6:43PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

thanks

11:10AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Thank you for this wonderful article.

7:48AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

good reminders and tips

7:46AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

ThanK You!

5:44AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Thank you!

6:45AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

i think we must learn from ISREAL. Their water management skills allow them to survive in that harsh arid desert

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