Do you ever think about how many times you interact with water on a daily basis? Or how much water goes into your morning routine when you shower, brush your teeth, make your coffee, cook your breakfast, commute to work….?
The answer is … A LOT. It is hard to quantify our true water footprint but the average American uses around 100 Gallons Per Day. However, it is not hard to make small changes in your daily life to make a large impact on our overall water footprint! Here are some easy tips for you to consider as a #Wristsponsible user of water:
1) Turn the sink off when you shave or brush your teeth! If you leave the sink on the entire time, you can use over 5 Gallons of water.
2) Don’t leave the fridge open! Energy = Water. It takes a lot of water to create the power we use to refrigerate our food, drive our cars, and run our toaster ovens. When you save energy, you save water!
3) Reconsider the amount of meat you consume! Did you know it takes 1,800 gallons of water to make one pound of beef? Meat carries an enormous water footprint. Watch the VICE documentary to learn more about the water foot print behind meat. Don’t eliminate your meat consumption but try exploring other forms of protein that require less water to produce, such as chicken or fish.
4) Install low flow shower heads! These appliances use less than 50% of water than legacy water appliances. There are more upfront costs now, but you will save money and water in the future. Look for water products that contain the Water Sense label.
5) Fix leaks! A leaking faucet or shower can leak over 3,000 gallons a year! You could take 180 showers with that water!
6) Calculate your own water foot print. When you start to think about it, we use water in every aspect of our life…
It is hard to make sense of the grandiose World Water Crisis. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to fix the water inequalities that exist, but we can all do our part. If you can implement these small changes on a local level, you can help make a positive global impact.
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