The global water crisis goes beyond domestic use. In fact, using water in the home for cooking, cleaning, and washing makes up only 8% of fresh water use in the world. But, we're not off the hook. Smart, ethical use of water is a part of the puzzle in addressing the global water crisis. Here are 10 ways you can start being more aware of how you use water.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
- Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your grass at the same time.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
- Post a hotline in bathrooms and kitchens to report leaks or water waste to facility managers or maintenance personnel.
- When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
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