Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink

Our planet is rich with oceans so deep we’ve scarcely seen the bottom, and vast underground supplies of water as well. But of all that water, clean drinkable water adds up to less than one-half of 1 percent. Not even a drop in the bucket.

We’re using it faster than it can replenish itself. Drought conditions, a growing population and thirstier economic demands are drying up our reserves. We’ve seen the effects in other parts of the globe — now we know it could happen to us.

It’s time to get serious.

Sure, we’re trying to conserve, but we’ve got to do even more with less, and conservation’s not enough. It’s time to bring new technology to the water’s edge and turn previously unusable resources into some crystal-clear solutions.

10 Ways to Conserve Water

  1. Install low-flow showerheads. They use 30 to 70 percent less water while still providing invigorating showers.
  2. Toilet water use can be cut by up to 70 percent by installing low-flow or air assisted commodes.
  3. Install low-flow faucet aerators on the bathroom and kitchen sinks.
  4. Sing shorter songs in the shower. Your shower shouldn’t last longer than five minutes. Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  5. When washing your car, use a cut-off nozzle instead of running the hose continuously.
  6. Instead of running water, rinse dishes in a basin and soak pots and pans before scrubbing. Be sure your dishwasher is full before you run it.
  7. Laundry accounts for about 14 percent of home water usage. Adjust the water level on your washing to match the size of your load.
  8. Avoid having to run the water until it’s hot. Insulate your water heater and hot water pipes.
  9. Repair all plumbing leaks immediately. A dripping faucet can waste up to 2 gallons of water per hour.
  10. Voluntary cut back on lawn watering to no more than twice a week. To avoid evaporation, water before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.