1 How Many Gallons Can You Save? 1. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on y our grass. If it springs back, when you sprinklers for more days in between lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So set your per month. Better yet, especially in times of drou ght, watering. Saves 750-1,500 gallons wn to native plants. water with a hose. And best of all, convert your la 2. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. per day for every leak Saves 20 gallons stopped. 3. Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the botto m of the sink with a few inches of water Saves three gallons each day. to rinse your razor. ctors. 4. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restri per Saves 500 to 800 gallons month. 5. Run only full loads in the washing machine and d Saves 300 to 800 gallons ishwasher. per month. ither plan ahead by placing frozen 6. Don't defrost frozen foods with running water. E items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave. Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month. 7. Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute r eduction can save up to 700 gallons per month. 8. Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebask Saves 400 to 600 gallons per et. month. Saves three gallons 9. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. each day. 10. When washing dishes by hand, use the least amou nt of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed. Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month. 11. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refriger ator. This beats running tap water to cool it for drinking. a month. Saves 200 to 300 gallons 12. Use the garbage disposal less and the garbage m ore (even better--compost!). Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month. 13. Set lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation. Saves 500 to 1,500 gallons each month. 14. When taking your car to a car wash--a good idea for saving water--be sure it's one of the many that recycles its wash water.
2 What Else is Water Used For? Water is an essential ingredient in most manufactur ing operations . Cutting down on shoes to paper and appliances—could our purchases of material things--from clothes and conserve and protect water supplies as effectively as installing a low-flush toilet. (Information below from Last Oasis , by Sandra Postel) Producing a typical U.S. car requires more than 50 • times its weight in water ill help--it takes 44 gallons of (39,090 gallons)! Choosing a fuel-efficient model w water to refine one gallon of crude oil and up to 1 ,700 gallons of water to produce a gallon of ethanol. A kilogram (2.2 lbs) of hamburger or steak produced • by a typical California beef cattle operation, for instance, uses some 20,500 li ters (5,400 gal.) of water. er. • Producing 1 lb of bread requires 500 gallons of wat • Producing 1 serving (8 oz.) of chicken requires 330 gallons of water. • water (source: The King of Growing one cotton T-shirt requires 256 gallons of California , by Arax and Wartzman) • Producing 1 egg requires over 100 gallons of water. • Producing 1 serving (8 fl. oz.) of milk requires 48 gallons of water. • llons of water. Producing 1 serving (2 oz.) of pasta requires 36 ga 4 gallons of water. • Producing 1 serving (4.6 oz.) of oranges requires 1 • Producing 1 serving (4.3 oz.) of tomatoes requires 8 gallons of water. • le requires over 30,000 A typical American Thanksgiving dinner for six peop gallons of water. Saving water also saves energy . Wasting water wastes electricity. Why? Because th e biggest use of electricity in most cities is supply ing water and cleaning it up after it's been used! Water heaters account for nearly 1/4 of your home's energy use, and water heating is the usually third largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 13% of your utility bill. There are four ways to cu t your water heating bills: use less hot water, turn down the thermostat on your water heate r, insulate your water heater, or buy a new, more efficient water heater. Average Hot Water Use 32 gallons Clothes Washing 20 gallons Showering 12 gallons Dishwashing Preparing Food 5 gallons Hand Washing 4 gallons