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July 20, 2012

Every Drop Counts

It's water week here at USEE, and that means no one is showering. Just kidding. It means we'd like to share some important tips with you on how to conserve water. More than likely, you've all heard the basic ones, things like: turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, adjust your sprinklers so you're not watering the pavement, and run the washer and dishwasher on when they're full. Conserving water requires common sense and commitment, but it's easy to do once you're in the habit.

Are you curious what other things you can do to save water? Click here for 112 ways to conserve water, and you'll learn a lot of easy methods, including:

#10: For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

#13: Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

#16: If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.

#23: Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.

#40: Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

#52: Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

#68: When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.

#77: Make suggestions to your employer about ways to save water and money at work.

#80: Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors.

#108: When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don't throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant.

Conserving water is easy. Once you've started making changes at home, you'll notice the difference on your water bill and on your conscience. For me, conserving water is just like recycling and composting. It's a way of life in my house, and something I feel good about doing.
For more tips on conserving water, please visit ProjectWET. Here, you'll find countless resources for everything from conservation to water quality, watershed information to hygiene and sanitation methods, and water history to natural disasters. You'll also find activities for kids and adults alike.


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