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Cultivate Water Virtue: Conserving Water

You can be a part of the solution - 10 ways to use water in smart and ethical ways.

Cultivate Water Virtue: Conserving Water

You can be a part of the solution - 10 ways to use water in smart and ethical ways.


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. 

  1. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  2. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  3. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  4. Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.
  5. 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.
  6. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
  7. 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.
  8. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  9. Post a hotline in bathrooms and kitchens to report leaks or water waste to facility managers or maintenance personnel.
  10. 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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