My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second. - Nina Simone
Fresh drinkable water is becoming harder to find. Cities all over the world, including in the United States, are struggling to provide clean water to their citizens, but a large group of us continue to waste water by the gallons. I know many of you are probably thinking, "but isn't the planet mostly water?". Yes, three-quarters of the world is made up of water, but less than 1% of that water is drinkable .
The average individual in the U.S. uses between 80-100 gallons of water daily. In many other countries however, the average family uses less than 10 gallons a day . We as a global community are putting stress on and depleting one of the most important natural resources we have. So how can we be a part of the solution right now? Here are just 3 things we can all do to reduce our water use and make an impact starting today.
1. If it's not toilet paper, don't flush it - things like cigarette butts, paper towels, condoms, and even "flushable wipes" not only add to the chemicals being put into our waterways, but also waste between 5 to 7 gallons of water when you flush them. For more stuff you shouldn't flush and why click here.
2. Take shorter showers - this is a common sense way to use less water but many people, including myself up until writing this, don't know just how much water can be saved. By shortening your shower by just a couple of minutes each day you can save up to 150 gallons of water each month .
3. Water early in the morning or in the evening - if you absolutely can't help watering your lawn or if you have a garden outside be sure to water when the sun is weakest. When you water outside in the afternoon a lot of that water doesn't even make it to your lawn because of the heat, especially close to noon and especially in the summertime.
So there they are. Three super easy changes to start conserving more water and of course, money. For even more ways to save water check out the sources list below.
 The Water Information Program, "Water Facts"
 United States Geological Services, "Water Questions & Answers"
 Water Use It Wisely, "100+ Ways to Conserve"
 Water Footprint Network, "Resources"