10 Ways to Save Water on World Water Day
Today is World Water Day, and the focus this year is ‘Leaving no one behind’. In 2016 the United Nations set a goal to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” - to make sure that everyone has access to clean water by 2030.
There is still a long way to go, because according to the World Health Organization, about 2.1 billion people today still live without access to safe drinking water in their homes.
Water is also becoming more scarce, as an estimated 4 billion people experience water scarcity for at least one month per year, and by 2030 it’s estimated that 700 million people could be displaced due to a shortage of water.
So, on World Water Day why not look at how you are using water, and see if there are ways you can save water and help combat water scarcity. Below are my ideas, but I’d love to hear you suggestions for conserving water - share below!
Reducing the amount of water used not only helps the environment, but also saves money on your water bill. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
Turn off the faucet when you don’t need the water, for example when you brush your teeth. Did you know that you can easily waste 5 gallons of water every time you brush your teeth with the water running.
Take a short shower or a long bath. Having a short shower definitely uses less water than a bath. If you like long showers, then a bath is more water efficient as this table shows.
Using your dishwasher to wash dishes can save approximately 24 gallons of water per load versus washing by hand. Just be sure to only run your dishwasher when it’s full!
If you do use a dishwasher, don’t pre-rinse your dishes, just scrape off the big food scraps. This not only saves water but also results in cleaner dishes. According to Consumer Reports most dishwashers have a sensor to determine the thoroughness of the wash so pre-rinsing your dishes fools your dishwasher into thinking that they are already clean.
Install a rainwater collection barrel to collect water, then use this to water your garden or wash your car.
Save the water used to wash/cook fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice, etc. and use it to water your garden.
Newer toilets are often more environmentally friendly – for example dual-flush toilets. Replacing your older toilet that uses more water can save a lot, or you can invest in a dual-flush conversion kit.
According to the EPA, the average American family uses about 96 gallons of water per day for outdoor uses and more than half of this is used to irrigate lawns and gardens. Replacing your lawn with groundcover, native or drought-tolerant plants and grasses or even Astroturf is a great way to save water.
Not only is today World Water Day, but this week is “Fix a Leak Week”. According to the EPA about 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted in the US each year because of leaks. 1 trillion gallons of water would fill approximately 24 billion baths! So, if you have a leaking toilet or a dripping faucet then fix it to save water and money - check out the short video below for more details.
You can also celebrate World Water Day by donating to one of the many great organizations who are working to provide safe water around the world. Here are 5 water charities that are rated 4-stars by Charity Navigator which means they exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in their cause. Therefore, you know your money will be well-spent!
Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Water for People promotes the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.
Water.org has empowered 17 million people with access to safe water and sanitation through access to small, affordable loans.
Splash is a social justice organization committed to the poor and a safe water company focused on children
Clean Water Fund organizes US grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.