The Need for Water Conservation
Has Never Been Greater
Demand for water is growing rapidly. During the 20th century, the world’s demand for water grew six-fold. The same amount of water exists now as it did billions of years ago. While water covers three-fourths of our planet, only 3% of it is freshwater, and only 1% of this freshwater is easily accessible.
The EPA predicts that 36 states will face water shortage by 2013 due to population growth, drought, climate change and regulation. Rivers and reservoirs are running dry. Water tables are dropping. Water pollution is further threatening supplies.
Water rates are rising. The price of water has increased 50% in the past five years. In many places, the price is expected to double in the next 5 years.
Significant Water Waste
The average American uses 160 gallons of water per day. This is more than any other country.
58% of residential water in the US is used outside irrigating lawns and gardens. Half of this is wasted due to over-watering and evaporation! Over-watering also results in run-off, which pollutes rivers, streams and oceans.
Water conservation is the most cost-effective, reliable and environmentally-sound way to address the looming water crisis. It is up to 8500 times cheaper than building new supplies and reservoirs.
Conservation has been proven to work. After implementing a broad conservation program, the City of Los Angeles uses the same amount of water as it did ten years ago, despite its population growing by 1 million people.
Water Conservation Tips from BeWaterWise.com
- Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken heads (500 gallons per month).
- Install a smart sprinkler controller (40 gallons per day).
- Water your yard before 8 am to reduce evaporation and interference from wind (25 gallons per day).
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks (150 gallons each time).
- Wash only full loads of laundry (15-50 gallons per load).
- Fix leaky faucets (20 gallons per day).
- Shorten showers by one or two minutes (5 gallons per day).
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth (3 gallons per day).