3 Simple Ways to Conserve Water
Water is a finite resource that we use everyday in our lives – whether we drink it, use it to brush our teeth or grow our food. According to the American Water Works Association, less than 1% of all the water on Earth is fresh water we can actually use! This water is used for washing, drinking, cleaning, cooking, growing food and so much more! Therefore, it is essential that we preserve our water! Here are a few simple tips to conserve water in our daily lives.
1. Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Stormwater runoff is when precipitation (from rain or snow) collects debris, chemicals and other pollutants as it goes to the ocean. Stormwater runoff contributes to nonpoint source pollution which means that we cannot detect one main source of our pollution.
- As homeowners, one great way to reduce stormwater runoff is to use fertilizers sparingly. Excess fertilizer can often cause a rise in nutrient like Nitrogen in our waterways, which results in a creation of a dead zone which drastically affects our environment. To avoid this catastrophe from happening, you can get your soil tested. This test shows how much fertilizer your yard needs, so therefore, your yard gets the sufficient amount nutrients it needs.
2. Reduce your Water Usage in the Bathroom
According to the EPA, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. The bathroom is the largest consumer of the water in the household. Fortunately, there are many great tactics to reduce your impact! Here are some below:
- By upgrading to WaterSense or low-flow appliances, you are easily reducing your Water Footprint.
- If you sing a song that is about 4 minutes or so (for example, Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”), the song helps you keep track of your time in the shower. (Plus, who doesn’t love some Taylor Swift?)
- It’s also extremely helpful to turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth!
3. Keep our waters clean
An important aspect of water conservation is keeping it clean. This way, we do not destroy our water resources.
- A great way to help is by participating in a river cleanup! American Rivers provides a vast amount of volunteer experiences which you can participate in (depending on where you live).
- Another great idea is to use environmentally friendly or biodegradable household products. For example, Seventh Generation is a company that provides sustainable products, ranging from dish liquid to diapers. By using biodegradable products, you are reducing the amount of chemicals entering our waterways and keep our waters clean!
It’s important to keep in mind that water is a finite and essential resource that we can work together to conserve.
What are some of the ways you conserve water in your daily life?