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15 Ways to Save Water on World Water Day

Water is one of the most precious resources on our planet, yet it is also one of the most finite. With World Water Day just around the corner, it’s important to reflect on our water usage and consider ways we can all save this vital resource. Here are some simple yet effective giving ideas to save water and make a difference on World Water Day:

15 Ways to Save Water

1. Fix leaks

Leaky faucets and pipes can waste a surprising amount of water over time. A dripping faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year. So, make sure to fix any leaks as soon as you notice them.

2. Go low-flow

Low-flow showerheads and faucets can reduce your water usage by up to 60%. They work by reducing the flow of water without sacrificing water pressure, so you can still enjoy a refreshing shower or wash your hands without wasting water. Replace your existing faucets and enjoy saving water!

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3. Limit showers

Taking shorter showers is a great way to save water. Aim for a shower that lasts at most 5-10 minutes. This simple change can save thousands of gallons of water per year.

4. Don’t let the water run

Many people let the water run while brushing their teeth, but this can waste a lot of water. Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save up to 3,000 gallons of water per year.

5. Use a cup

Instead of running water to rinse your mouth, use a cup to eliminate the wasted running water. This simple change can save up to 200 gallons of water per month.

6. Catch the running water

While you’re waiting for the shower to warm up, place a bucket beneath the faucet to catch the cold water. You can then use this water to water plants or flush the toilet.

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7. Use a broom

Using a broom instead of a hose to clean outdoor spaces, such as driveways and patios, can save a significant amount of water. This is especially true if you’re cleaning a small area.

8. Make sure appliances are full

Running the dishwasher and washing machine when they are only partially full wastes water and energy. Wait until the machines are full before running them to maximize water efficiency.

9. Use a pool cover

Using a pool cover can reduce water evaporation by up to 90%. This simple change can save thousands of gallons of water per year.

10. Use rain barrels

Collecting rainwater in a barrel is a great way to conserve water. You can then use this water to water your plants, which can save a surprising amount of water over time. Check out this video on how to get the kids engaged in building your own rain barrel.

11. Use a commercial car wash

Using a commercial car wash that recycles water is a great way to conserve water. These car washes use less water than washing your car at home, and they recycle the water so it can be used again.

12. Water your lawn and garden with care

Watering your lawn and garden in the morning or evening can prevent water loss through evaporation. This is because the sun is less intense during these times, so the water has a chance to soak into the ground before it evaporates.

13. Use drought-resistant plants

Using drought-resistant plants in your garden is a great way to conserve water. These plants require less water than traditional plants, so you can save a significant amount of water.

14. Mulch your garden

Mulching your garden can help retain moisture in the soil, reducing the amount of water you need to use. The mulch helps to keep the soil cool and moist, reducing evaporation.

15. Eat more plant-based meals

Eating a plant-based diet can significantly reduce your water footprint because producing animal-based foods requires much more water than plant-based foods. By consuming more fruits, vegetables, and grains or, for example, switching from cow’s milk to plant-based milk, you can help conserve water and contribute to a sustainable future.

Every Drop Counts!

By implementing these simple tips, you can make a big difference in conserving water and preserving this vital resource for future generations. Remember, every drop counts! For more giving ideas that contribute to a happier planet (and you!) on World Water Day and every day, check out these blog other blog posts and join our global giving movement. Happy World Water Day!

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