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Stop Being a Water Waster

Friday, January 10th, 2020

As you probably have heard through the grapevine, our planet is in danger and there are ways that humans should reduce our environmental footprint. One of the most important ways is learning to reduce your use of water. So many people waste water with long showers, running toilets, and more.

A few ways you may be wasting water without even knowing it include: leaving your lights on, turning your thermostat up (due to the amount of water used to make that energy for you to use- i.e natural gas fracking), ignoring that pesky dripping from your old faucets, running the dishwasher on less than a full load, automatic daily sprinklers, and doing laundry every day. Although some may think these are important tasks for your house, you can always cut back. Making the effort gets you halfway there!

There are so many reasons to save water. Did you know that each American uses an average of 88 gallons a day just at home (epa.gov)? Or that the average family spends more than $1,000 a year on water? Another water fact, less than 1% of the world’s water is fresh and able to be drank by humans and other species who depend on it (forbes.com). Some countries don’t even have enough access to freshwater and struggle to find it. Without it, citizens are vulnerable to disease or agricultural scarcity. As we waste more water, our demand will also increase, as well as our used energy, time and money.

Little steps can be taken to decrease your usage. Taking shorter showers, fixing any water leaks, saving natural gas made energy, turning your faucets off while brushing your teeth, and many other ways. If we don’t take the steps to make a difference, our Earth will never recover from the damage it already has gone through. You may not think your small concessions will have an effect, but I promise you they do!

Sources:

https://www.epa.gov

https://www.globalcitizen.org

https://www.forbes.com

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