The Value of Water
Water is Irreplaceable14% of our water use is consumed at work and home. Flushing the toilet takes up about a quarter of our water use at home. Older washing machines can use up to 50 gallons per load. Most of the water (virtual water) is used in manufacturing the products we buy (one pair of jeans takes more than 2,600 gallons of water to produce), and growing the food we eat (2.5 pounds of chocolate takes 6,300 gallons of water to produce) and the making beverages we drink (an 8 ounce cup of coffee uses up to 36.5 gallons of water). Our livelihood is dependent on water. We our responsible for how we consume water and how much we consume. It is our job to conserve as much water as we can. Here are 6 easy water saving tips:
- Use a bucket and sponge instead of the hose to wash vehicles.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.
- Wash dark clothes in cold water.
- Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running them.
- Soak pots and pans in water while scrubbing them.
Conserving water is the first step in keeping our water supply full and to ensure that future generations will have access to clean, safe drinking water.