We can make a difference by Robyn Davis
•5Ways to Improve water usage
•Outside the Home
•Inside the Home
•Changes that need to be made.
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5 WAYS TO IMPROVE OUR WATER USAGE
• Americans now use 127 percent more water than we
did in 1950
• About 95 percent of the water entering our homes
goes down the drain.
• Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste
4 gallons of water.
• Older toilets can use 3 gallons of clean water with
every flush, while new toilets use as little as 1 gallon.
• Watering grass and plants during peak hours.
• Select the appropriate water level for the size of your
load of laundry. Most washers now offer preset water
levels for small, medium, and large loads. Use full
loads whenever possible.
• Every glass of water brought to your table in a
restaurant requires another two glasses of water to
wash and rinse the glass. Since nearly 70 million
meals are served each day in US restaurants, we'd
save more than 26 million gallons of water if only one
person in four declined the complimentary glassful.
Step 1 only use
Turn off faucets
when not using
water, use only
Try to replace
water levels for
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Water Outside the Home
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•Mister systems: Connect them to thermostats or times and
only use when needed.
•Water grass or plants in early morning or late evening.
•Use rain water when available.Turn off water timers during
•Water saving nozzles on the hoses when using for cleaning.
•Fix broken sprinklers
•Over seed lawns in the fall.
•Replace grass with stones for landscape.
•Use plants that require less water to maintain for landscape.
Keep shower time down, shorten the
shower by 1-2 minutes per day.
Use more efficient faucets.
Only run full loads of laundry or dishes at a
Turn off water when brushing your teeth.
Replace toilet with less water usage per
Replace any leaking faucets or toilets.
WATER IS A SOURCE
Can you live without it?
What can we do?
• Know this:The average American
lifestyle is kept afloat by about 2,000
gallons of H2O a day—twice the global
The bright side: By pledging to cut your
water footprint, you can help restore
So far 66,473 people have used this
tool, promising to save 13,412,982
gallons of water.
• You can help restore freshwater
ecosystems by pledging to cut your
water footprint. For every pledge,
Change the Course will restore 1,000
gallons back to the Colorado River.
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• Without water we would not exist. Many
people die each year from a lack of clean
water. In the U.S. we are lucky to have the
water treatment plants. However, we are
very wasteful. Many are not aware that
we can run out of drinkable water. We all
must do our parts to ensure the future.
Everything we learned about the
environment is important. I believe the
pollution of water and water waste is a
hot topic.We will die without clean water
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