- Take shorter showers and install a water-efficient showerhead. You’ll save thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year. (A typical shower head consumes 2.5 gallons of water every minute, and an average shower is about 10 minutes.) We’ll be on the lookout for an Oxijet Nozzle. Air is pulled into the water stream so the droplets are hollow. You get the same feeling of a full-pressure shower using about half the water. We’ll let you know when it’s readily available in the U.S.
- Grab a wrench and fix those drips and leaks in your faucets and toilets. You can save about 140 gallons of water per week.
- Green your garden – Grow native plants that are locally acclimated and require less water. Bonus points for installing a rainwater capture system to harvest rainwater – you can save up to 1300 gallons of water during summer months, according to the EPA.
- Eat less water. Say, what? Yes, we eat more water than we think. Start monitoring the Water Print of your food consumption. Find out how much water is required to not only cook a recipe, but also produce the food. For instance, to make simple Chinese wonton, 5,804 liters of water are utilized. more via WeAreWater.org
- Turn off the faucet when you lather your hands, brush your teeth and wash your hair. Then turn on the faucet to rinse. You’ll save hundreds of gallons per month.
March 22 was first designated World Water Day by the UN General Assembly in 1993. Each year a specific aspect regarding the care and management of water is highlighted. This year’s theme is “Water Cooperation” and it is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water; more via International Year of Water Cooperation.
We participate in and appreciate the efforts of Surfrider Foundation – a grassroots, activist nonprofit organization with a deep commitment to clean water sources as well as protecting our beaches, waves and oceans. See who co-sponsored their second annual “3-Second Movie” contest, and who won this year’s contest. While you’re there, become a member and show your support. They have a special membership drive going on right now.
Water shortages and droughts are ever increasing. Our bodies are comprised of 70% water, it really is a precious commodity. Why not be more conscious about this natural resource … there’s only one Earth, right? What will you do today, and everyday, to help save water?