Fresh Water

For my first blog, I want to talk about water. Why water? Because water is one of the essentials of life.

One of the important elements of green construction is water conservation. You and I need fresh water to live. Only 3% of all the water on the planet is fresh water (this includes glaciers that have-not melted). So, the ability to conserve fresh water makes more available.

Let’s start with how much water do we use?

  • Taking a bath – 40 gallons
  • Taking a shower – 15 gallons
  • Brushing your teeth – 2 gallons
  • Flushing the toilet – 3 gallons
  • Washing a load of laundry – 40 gallons
  • Using the dishwasher – 10 gallons
  • Using the sprinkler for one hour – 140 gallons

So in one day, you could use more than 250 gallons of water. This could be nearly 5 swimming pools of water every year.

How do we conserve fresh water? Let’s start at home because 95% of the water that comes out of your faucet goes down the drain.

  1. Start with not leaving your tap running … wet … turn off … rinse … turn off.
  2. You could fill a bowl and use that water to wash your vegetables. You could then use that water for your plants.
  3. Check for leaks. A leaky faucet can be up to 7 gallons of water per day.
  4. When brushing your teeth, use a cup of water to rinse. This saves 5 bathtubs of water per year.
  5. Use a nozzle on your garden hose to water your plants. it prevents wasting water. Also, water your plants early in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler. You will use less water. Mulch helps prevent evaporation and therefore you have to water less.

As you can see, we each can do many things to reduce our use of fresh water. Every drop we save increases the opportunity for this life-giving source to be available throughout the world.

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