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                      WATER CONSERVATION - FACTS & TIPS




                                  First Published 2012




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                              Table Of Contents

1.  Introduction ....................................................................................................4
2.  Water Facts ...................................................................................................5
3.  Water Conservation Tips ...............................................................................9
  3.1. Bathroom ................................................................................................ 9
  3.2. Kitchen & Laundry ................................................................................10
  3.3. Swimming Pool.....................................................................................11
  3.4. Food & Drink......................................................................................... 11
  3.5. Cars ......................................................................................................12
  3.6. Travel....................................................................................................12
  3.7. Outdoors............................................................................................... 12
4. Resources....................................................................................................15




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1.     Introduction

                                         “Water, water, every where, Nor any
                                         drop   to   drink”   is   a   fairly   famous
                                         quotation from The Rime Of The Ancient
                                         Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.


                                         On first reading, it doesn’t make much
                                         sense, and while it was written over 200
                                         years ago, these words have more
meaning today than you could possibly imagine.


In this short report, we will present you with some interesting, and maybe
startling, facts about water, as well as some tips on how to conserve this
precious resource.


We hope you enjoy this free report and find it useful.




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2.      Water Facts

So, what does the quotation in the Introduction really mean?


After all, water is one of the most abundant resources on earth, isn’t it?


Well, yes it is, but did you know that less than 2% of it
is actually drinkable? 97% is salt water, which you’ll
find in the oceans and sea, and almost 2% is frozen.
(And that means we need to be really careful how we
use what little bit of drinkable water there is.)


Water also makes up three quarters (i.e. 75%) of the
human body. That’s so much water, you’d think you’d
be able to hear yourself sloshing around when you
walk. 


Seriously, though, although we humans can last for up to a month without food,
we can only go a week, or maybe less, without water - and that water has to be
at the very least drinkable, as any old water just won’t do.


Sadly however, most people take water for granted, but when you start looking at
how much water is consumed in the production of everyday items, the so-called
water cost, then it really makes you stop and think.


For example:


 a cow needs to drink four gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk

 a single cup of coffee requires 55 gallons of water to make it, most of which is
     used to water the coffee beans

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 whether you agree with it or not, eating a vegan diet consumes about 600
   gallons of water per day less than a regular American diet, which requires
   about 1,000 gallons of water (and that’s 100 gallons more than the global
   average water requirement per person per day for diet, transportation,
   energy, household use and whatever is consumed in the production of
   material goods)

 one gallon of gasoline (or petrol) needs about 13 gallons of water to make it

 one pound of cotton uses up a massive 100 gallons of water - and on
   average, one American buys approximately 35 pounds of new cotton clothing
   every year


And when you look at the water cost of travel, the figures get really amazing.


                                               Let’s take a relatively short plane
                                               trip, from San Francisco to Los
                                               Angeles and back, which is only
                                               700 miles or so. Are you ready for
                                               this? That one round trip eats up a
                                               massive 9,000 gallons of water!
                                               (And that’s enough for nearly 2,000
                                               dishwasher loads.)


When you calculate the water cost of longer plane trips, then you can multiply
these numbers several times - fly from New York to LA and back and that’s the
same as flushing your toilet over four times per day for an entire year!


Here’s one final water cost fact for you: to produce one day’s newspapers in the
United States consumes a massive 300 million gallons of water.


What other water usage facts can we tell you?


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If every household in the United
States had just one faucet that
dripped once per second, then
over 900 million gallons of water
would be wasted - every single
day!


When you consider that
Americans only drink just over
100 million gallons of water per
day, an 800 million-gallon drip is
an awful lot of wastage.


In some states, most notably the Golden State (i.e. California), landscaping uses
up around half of the water in most homes, which is something we’ll return to
later on. (Flushing the toilet uses up another 20%, and taking showers an
additional 18%.)


Staying in the bathroom, a full tub uses up about 36 gallons of water, whereas a
shower only requires 15 - 25 gallons.


Instead of buying a six-pack of soda, you could fill 15,000 8oz glasses of water
for the same money - and it would be a lot healthier for you too!


The fact is, however you look at it, you can no longer ignore the water cost of
everything you do and consume on a daily basis.


More and more chemicals are being dumped into the world’s waterways, whether
it is canals, rivers, lakes, seas or oceans. These figures are somewhat old,
dating back to 1990, but even then, 197 million pounds of toxic chemicals were



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dumped by industry that year, so imagine what it’s like today - prescription drugs,
industrial waste, fluoride, mercury, and who knows what else?


So, what can we all do to help? After all, and this may be a bit of a cliché, but we
have to ask, what sort of world are we leaving for our children, and our children’s
children?


If we don’t want to bequeath them some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland, then
we need to do something now, before it’s too late.




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3.     Water Conservation Tips

                                            In this section, we’ll be looking at a
                                            variety of ways in which you can
                                            reduce your water footprint.


                                            Individually, they may not amount to
                                            much, but if we all do our bit, then it
                                            adds up to something truly significant.


                                            What’s important is to do something,
                                            any little bit that you can, because that
                                            will be a step in the right direction.



3.1. Bathroom

Generally speaking, having a shower uses a lot
less water than having a bath - and it’s
probably a more effective way of getting clean
anyway.


If you make sure your shower has a low-flow
showerhead, you can save up to 15 gallons of
water during a 10-minute shower.


Make sure your toilet is a low-flush unit. The
older standard toilets use about 3.5 gallons of
water per flush, whereas the newer ones save
substantial amounts of water during the course
of a day by only using 1-2 gallons/flush.


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If you don’t have such a toilet, as soon as you can swap out the inefficient water
hogs for a more water-friendly model.            The price is not that bad as this
technology has been around for a while.


And don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily. For example don’t throw waste paper or
dead bugs down it and flush - put that sort of stuff in a trash can instead.


When it’s time to clean your teeth or have a shave, don’t leave the water running
all the time - turn the faucet off when you don’t need the water, and turn it on
again when you do.



3.2. Kitchen & Laundry

                                    Provided that you run your dishwasher full,
                                    you’ll use from 4 - 6 gallons of water compared
                                    to up to 20 if you wash the dishes by hand.


                                    If you’re in the market for a new washer, try to
                                    go for a front-loader, as these washers use
                                    about half the amount of water of top-loaders -
                                    20 gallons vs. 40 gallons.      (They are also
                                    typically more energy-efficient too.)


Also, you should try to buy an energy-efficient appliance, as this will save energy,
water and money.      In fact, this is something you should do no matter what
appliance you’re getting.


On your dishwasher as well as any other appliances, use the energy saving
program wherever possible too.



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3.2.1. Faucets


Make sure that none of your faucets are leaking, as every little drip adds up to a
lot of wasted water (up to an amazing 100 gallons per day), and money too, of
course.



3.3. Swimming Pool

If you are fortunate enough to have your own swimming pool, then make sure
you cover it when it’s not being used. If you don’t, hundreds of gallons of water
can evaporate into the air every month. Need some ideas?



3.4. Food & Drink

Although your water footprint will be smaller if you eat less meat and dairy
products, however, if you are going to eat beef, it’s better to go for grass-fed
rather than grain-fed. This is because grain requires a lot more water than grass.
(Another advantage is that grass-fed beef is better for you, as it’s typically not full
of chemicals such as pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.)


When you’re washing fruit and vegetables,
don’t run water from the faucet over them -
use a bowl of water instead (which you can
then re-use, of course).


Rather than letting the tap run for a few
minutes whenever you want a glass of cool
water, which is wasteful, it’s better to store
your drinking water in the refrigerator.




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In fact, you should never throw water away down the drain without thinking first if
there is something else you could use it for, such as putting it on the garden or
flower beds or house plants.


Try to reduce your coffee consumption. Again, not only will you probably feel
better for it, but you’ll use up far less water.



3.5. Cars

                                           Try to wash your car less frequently,
                                           especially if you use a hose, as this can
                                           consume up to 150 gallons of water.


                                           An even better approach is to use a
                                           bucket of water and soap for the main
                                           wash, and only use a hose (with a shut-
                                           off nozzle) for the final rinse.




3.6. Travel

As we said earlier, air travel requires an inordinate amount of water, so try to
make sure you fly only when absolutely necessary.



3.7. Outdoors

You should only water your lawn when it needs it. How do you tell when? Well,
if you stand on the grass and it springs back up when you walk away, then it
doesn’t need water; if, on the other hand, it stays flat, then it does indeed need
water.


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And when you do need to water your lawns, it’s best to do so early in the
morning, or during the evening, when both the wind speed and temperature are
lowest, as this will minimise any water loss through evaporation.


If you use your water hose to wash leaves and other debris off your driveway,
you’ll waste hundreds of gallons of water. Why not just take a broom and sweep
it clean instead?


And finally, did you know that just half an inch of rain falling on a 1,000 square
foot roof yields somewhere around 300 gallons of water?


That’s     why         we   strongly
recommend using a rain barrel
(or two, or three) to catch that
water, which you can then use for
watering your lawn and flowers.
(Note that you must NOT use this
water for drinking!)


This means you can catch water
during the wetter months of the
year and use it on your garden during the hotter months. By using rain barrels,
it’s estimated you can save around 1,300 gallons of water during that vital
growing season when plants and flowers most need it.


Not only is this water free, and not only does it conserve drinkable water that
would otherwise be used, but it’s also better - it contains fewer chemicals, no
calcium or lime, had less sediment, and it’s softer too.




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Now, one point to bear in mind with rain barrels is the need for a tight cover - the
last thing you need is for the barrel to become a breeding ground for disease-
carrying mosquitoes or algae.


Remember too that if you live somewhere where it freezes during winter, then
you’ll need to move your rain barrel indoors so that it doesn’t crack.




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4.     Resources

If you’re looking to save water and/or lead a healthier, greener more fulfilling
life, then here are a few more resources that you will find useful:


Food & Diet


      Green Cookware - green cookware not only helps the environment, but
        it’s also healthier for you too as you’re not poisoning your body with
        chemicals and toxic metals

      Healthy Eating - discover facts about healthy eating, lifestyle fitness,
        exercise programs as well as healthy recipes you can easily make at
        home

      Healthy Snacks For Kids - children are frequently hungry, but rather than
        stuff them full of junk food that will cause problems for them in later life,
        why not check out this great variety of healthy snacks that you won’t feel
        guilty about giving them


Green Living


      Being Green - you’ll find all sorts of products on this site to help you live
        a greener, more planet-friendly life, including household cleaning
        products, solar-powered appliances, wind turbines and even fun projects
        for children

      Rain Barrels - if you want to do your bit for planet Earth, why not invest
        in a rain barrel (or two) so that you don’t have to waste regular tap water



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