The average person uses about 88 gallons of water per day. In the United States as a whole, we use over 27 billion gallons of water and 87% of it comes from public suppliers. While the Earth may be covered in water, conservation is an important issue. If you're concerned about water conservation, here are some easy ways to decrease your water usage this summer.

Kitchen and Bathroom

Most of the water you use on a daily basis is in the kitchen and bathroom. You probably don't think about it, but each time you flush the toilet you could be using anywhere from 3.5 to 7 gallons of water and an 8-minute shower uses about 17 gallons. Here are some simple tips to conserve water in the kitchen and bathroom:
  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth and don't turn it back on until it's time to rinse.
  • Put a bucket in the shower when you're waiting for the water to warm up - use it to flush the toilet or to water your garden rather than letting it all go down the drain.
  • Don't leave the tap running when you wash your hands - get them wet then soap up and turn it back on when it's time to rinse.
  • Avoid flushing your toilet every time - if it's just urine, wait until you absolutely have to flush.
  • Always check for leaks in your plumbing - a slow drip may not seem like a big deal, but a long-term link or a running toilet wastes a lot of water.
In addition to following these tips, you should also make an effort to be mindful of your usage. The more you think about how much water you're actually using, the better you can control your usage.

Saving Water Elsewhere

Though most of your water usage is in the kitchen and bathroom, there are other areas to think about as well. Here are some tips for saving water elsewhere inside and outside the house:
  • Switch to efficient fixtures such as faucets, toilets, shower heads, washing machines, dishwashers, and more.
  • Plan your landscaping very carefully - chose ground cover plants and use mulch to prevent water loss and switch out some grass for plants that do well in dry conditions.
  • Install a rain barrel to collect rainwater - use the water to water your garden as needed.
  • Turn your toilet into a low-flow toilet by placing a half-gallon jug in the tank.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill up the sink instead of letting the water run - if using a dishwasher, wait until it is completely full to run it.
  • Wait to do your laundry until you have a full load and avoid the permanent press cycle - it adds an extra 5 gallons for another rinse.
  • Insulate your water pipes to avoid water waste while it heats up in the winter and keep an eye out for leaks all year round.
Many people don't even think about how much water they use on a daily basis. If we want to enjoy this planet and all it has to offer for as long as possible, we need to conserve our resources and that includes water. Put these tips into play to do your part with water conservation.

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