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We all know that water is essential to life on earth. We need water for a variety of everyday needs from growing food, providing power to drinking.
We are using up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can naturally be replenished so we all need to use our water wisely.
To provide enough clean fresh water for people, water is cleaned at drinking water treatment plants before it is used. And after water is used, it is cleaned again at wastewater treatment plants or by a septic system before being put back into the environment.
Saving water is good for the earth, your family, and your community.
- When you use water wisely, you help the environment. You save water for fish and animals. You help preserve drinking water supplies. And you ease the burden on wastewater treatment plants—the less water you send down the drain, the less work these plants have to do to make water clean again.
- When you use water wisely, you save energy. You save the energy that your water supplier uses to treat and move water to you, and the energy your family uses to heat your water.
- When you use water wisely, you save money. Your family pays for the water you use. If you use less water, you’ll have more money left to spend on other things.
Here are some easy ways you can save water:
- Xeriscape: Choose perennials, annuals, bushes and trees that do not need more water than normally falls in your region. Native plants are ideal picks for landscaping that thrives in your specific region.
- Sweep your driveway and sidewalks clean instead of spraying them with a hose.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons of water.
- Adjust sprinklers so they don’t water your driveway or sidewalks.
- Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month. And, for added water conservation, take a shorter shower.
- For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Designate one glass or stainless steel bottle for your drinking water each day. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more.
- When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your plants, trees or shrubs.
- When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don’t throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant.
More interesting information about water: Three Myths about Water
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
Check out Water – Use It Wisely to find hundreds of ways to conserve water, tips and fun facts for kids, interactive guides an much more. This site has specific information for people who live in Arizona, The Water — Use It Wisely campaign was launched in 1999 to promote an ongoing water conservation ethic among Arizona’s rapidly growing population, but has great tips for conserving water no matter where you live.