Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Water conservation facts and tips

It may be hard to believe but we are running out of water.Ok yes I know 70% of the earths surface is water.But that doesnt change the fact that water, usable by us, is dwindling( read up on snowpack).And dont even get me started on whats in our drinking water.ANYWAY here are a few facts and tips for saving water.
  • A running faucet uses as much as 3-5 gallons of water for every minute its on.
  • You waste 5 or more gallons of water if you leave the tap running while you brush your teeth.
  • Washing a normal size load of dishes(whats that?) with the tap running can waste as much as 30 gallons of water.
  • If you wash your car at home the average amount of water that runs through your hose is 115 gallons.Washing it at a self service car wash uses on average 5-10 gallons...a savings of 100 gallons of water!!
But there are a few things you can do!
  • If you just wet and rinse your toothbrush while brushing you only use 1/2 gallon of water.This can save you up to 9 gallons each and every time you brush!
  • If you get a stop flow valve on your sink faucet and use it while washing dishes you can save up to 20 gallons of water each and every time you do a load.( a 'normal' sized load that is,unlike my monster loads)
  • For the ladies: Do not shave you legs in the shower.It takes time and wastes water.Fill up the tub with just enough water to shave in and do it there.Is it a pain in the ass? Sure.But you want to do the right thing dontcha??? lol
  • If you use a kettle for tea,hot chocolate or instant coffee ONLY put in the amount you intend to use.Fill your mug to the top and pour into the kettle,adjusting for the small amount that will turn to steam.The rest is just waste and will be evaporated, for nothing.
These are such small actions that they shouldn't be to hard to do.Remember that every saved drop helps.


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