Happy World Water Day! Fresh water is a vital natural resource that is necessary for the survival of all ecosystems on Earth. Unfortunately, the availability of this precious resource is being significantly impacted by depletion, pollution and resource conflicts that have been caused by rapid expansion of urban areas, agriculture, population and climate change.
Good water management at the individual, organizational or governmental level has been identified by scientists and the UN as the key to solving water sustainability challenges. Water conservation is the easiest and most inexpensive way individuals can make a difference. But how much do you know about water conservation? Take this quick quiz below to test your knowledge!
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8 Great Water Conservation Tips:
- Fix leaky faucets and toilets, which can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day!
- Install low-volume or dual flush toilets to save up to 80 gallons of water per day.
- Install low-flow shower heads to reduce water use during bathing by nearly 20 percent.
- Take a short shower instead of a bath. A 5 minute shower uses 20 gallons of water. The average bath requires 36 gallons.
- Use the dishwasher to clean a full load of dishes rather than washing by hand. Dishwashers use 9-12 gallons per load. Washing the same set of dishes by hand can use up to 20 gallons.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or doing dishes to save 5 or more gallons.
- Xeriscape your lawn instead of planting grass. If you have grass, be sure to water it during the coolest part of the day to minimize evaporation.
- Harvest rainwater and graywater (from baths and dishes) and use it for outdoor watering.
Information for quiz and conservation tips from SSCWD Fact Sheet, EPA Watersense and Treehugger’s How to Go Green Water Guide.
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