Water is one of our most important natural resources. As most people know, water is also a limited resource. Nearly all of the water on earth is salt water and the majority of our fresh water is frozen or underground. Surprisingly, less than 1% of the water on this planet is readily available for human use. Believe it or not, that is actually still enough to support our worldwide needs, if we use it wisely. There are a few places in the world that have access to more than their fair share of water. Likewise, many places in the world need more water, and even more places desperately need more clean water. Throughout the world, we can help to solve problems such as overuse and pollution.
You can be a part of the water solution by taking the following actions:
- Always wait to do laundry or run the dishwasher until you have a full load.
- Fill your sink with water and then turn it off when hand washing dishes, rather than continually running the faucet.
- Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator rather than under running water.
- Find and fix leaks in pipes and faucets.
- Turn off water while brushing your teeth, shaving, and lathering hands with soap.
- Reduce time in the shower.
- If you let the water run to warm it up for a shower or for washing, use a bucket to collect and later water your house plants with that water.
- Cover your pool to reduce evaporation when not in use.
- Use a broom to clean your driveway and walkways, rather than a hose and water.
- Water plants and gardens in the evening when water will not evaporate as quickly as it will during the day.
- Replace old appliances with water and energy efficient appliances.
What else can you think of? Be creative and maybe you will come up with the next big water saving tip!
For our younger conservation leaders, we have the following pledge:
This is my Water Pledge!
I will not let it waste away, I will use it wisely every day!
- Tell a grown up if I see a leak.
- Take a shorter shower (5 minute rule).
- Turn off the water while brushing my teeth.
- Throw trash in the trash can instead of down the toilet.
- Remind friends and family to save water too.
- Use a broom and not the hose to clean driveways and porches.
- Water plants in the morning or evening.