In addition to the almost 7 billion people on Earth, there are 2 million other identifiable species, and 10’s of millions more that have yet to be identified. One thing we all have in common: water. With limited and diminishing water resources, we need to become aware of how water is used and how to conserve it. According to National Geographic, the average American’s daily routine uses approximately 2,000 gallons of water with most of that being used for food. Many people do not know how much of a difference little changes in our routines could make in the amount of water consumed every year. Below are some ways that you can make a difference:
- Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth or scrubbing a dish.
- Install low-flow shower heads, toilets, and faucets. (No, this won’t interrupt your shower pressure.)
- Buy local foods. It takes thousands of gallons of water to grow/manufacture, process, and ship your food.
- Plant native plants that are used to the amount of rainfall available in your area.
- Don’t run sprinkler systems on really hot days. Most of the time the water will evaporate before it hits your lawn.
- Run your dishwater and washing machine only when they are full. This also saves energy which saves you $$.
- Reuse things instead of buying everything new. Just like with food, it takes a lot of water to make and deliver your goods.
- If you are curious about how much water you use, visit National Geographic’s water footprint calculator.
Andrea Thompson. 2007. “Greatest Mysteries: How Many Species Exist on Earth?”. LiveScience.com. http://www.livescience.com/4593-greatest-mysteries-species-exist-earth.html
National Geographic. 2016. “What You Can Do.” Environment.NationalGeographic.com. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/top-ten/
National Geographic. 2016. “What is Your Water Footprint?”. Environment.NationalGeographic.com. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/