Water Conservation – Every Drop Counts

School is almost out and the long, hot hazy days of summer await.  Now is the time to think about water conservation and considering the installation of a rain barrel.


Water Facts:

  • The average home uses 200 gallons of water per day.
  • 8% of water wasted is through leaks.

Before we venture outside, let’s double check our basic actions inside to see how much water we can save:

  • Turning off the water when brushing your teeth = 4 gallons a water a minute saved.
  • Using a timer for a five minute shower or at least striving to reduce your current time in = up to a 1000 gallons a month saved.
  • Running the dishwasher and washing machine when completely full = up to 1000 gallons a month saved.
  • Fixing leaks and replacing any faucets and toilets with low-flow models = 500 gallons a week saved.

Once outside, consider this for additional water savings:

  • Select low water use plants and shrubs  = 500 gallons a year saved.
  • Using a hose nozzle and turning off when you wash your car = 100 gallons of water saved.
  • Watering in the morning = water savings due to evaporation in late, hot afternoons.
  • Installing a rain barrel = 600 gallons of water collected after only an inch of rain that falls on a 1000 square foot roof!

Residential irrigation can account for almost 40% of total water usage. Collecting water via a rain barrel is a relatively easy way to offset this consumption and reduce your water bill at the same time.  A rain barrel can be connected to the downspout and many have a screen on the  top to keep debris, bugs and mosquitoes out as well as spigot at the bottom to quickly fill up a watering can.  Plants and gardens appreciate the non-treated or chlorinated water and during those hot, dry spells it is a wonderful, resourceful feeling to be able to water when you need.

We are all in this together and every drop counts.

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Blog Action Day – The Gift of Water
October 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

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1 Park Howell June 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

As one of the creators of the Water – Use It Wisely campaign, now in its 11th year with more than 400 private and public partners, I wanted to express our thanks for including our campaign on your blog, and especially for calling out the many tools people can use to help spread the easy tips for saving water.

Have you seen the 16-foot, 136 gallon water pyramid we created to demonstrated how much water people use per-person, every day? http://bit.ly/a2muj7

There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

2 Jeanne June 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Park, Wow! Very impressive water pyramid to help show us how much we consume. It really is hard to believe when you see in that fashion. Thank you for sharing and for the great info you provide on the site. Thanks for visiting!

3 Park Howell June 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Good morning, Jeanne. I just wrote a post about your site on my green marketing and sustainable storytelling blog. http://bit.ly/cZsjSZ

Thanks again for your help in igniting the growth of the Water – Use It Wisely conservation movement.

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