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What is your water footprint?

You’ve probably heard about our carbon footprint, or the measure of the impact our lives have on the environment, particularly climate change. But what is our water footprint? On the National Geographic website you can take a water footprint survey and actually calculate your water footprint to discover how your daily water use compares to the national average.

The survey takes into consideration where you live, your household water usage, outdoor landscaping, driving, diet and shopping habits. Along the way, you can click on tips to find out more about water saving. For example, by installing a low-flow shower head, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10 minute shower.

At the end of the survey, you can determine where in your life you can cut back on your water usage and sign a pledge to save that percentage of water. Little things, such as cutting down on the time you spend in the shower, installing low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets in your home, and by reconsidering your diet choices, each person can make a significant pledge to cut their water usage.

Take the National Geographic Water Footprint Survey at http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/

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November 30, 2010 at 4:29 am Leave a comment

Water conservation tips

Courtesy of http://www.bewaterwise.com/tips01.html

California’s main water sources have been severely impacted by record dry conditions. And we’re already using our reserves to supply our everyday water.  Our water situation is serious. But here’s how you can help.

The following are steps you can take indoors to save water every day. By turning off the water when you brush your teeth you can save 3 gallons of water per day. If you shorten your showers by one or two minutes you’ll save 5 gallons per day. Fix leaky faucets and save 20 gallons of water per day. Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes and save a whopping 15 to 50 gallons per load! Talk to your family and friends about saving water. If everyone does a little, we all benefit a lot.

Outside, water your yard only before 8 a.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind. This can save 25 gallons of water per day. Better yet, install a smart sprinkler controller and save 40 gallons per day. When you use a broom instead of a hose to
clean driveways and sidewalks you can save 150 gallons each time. Regular maintenance of your sprinkler system can do wonders, so check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads which can save 500 gallons of water a month.

November 20, 2010 at 5:43 am 2 comments


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