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We all know that water is essential to life on earth. While 71% of the earth’s surface is made of water, 96.5% of it derives from salt water in our oceans, making it undrinkable in its natural state. Practices are currently in place to desalinate ocean water so that it can become drinkable, but it is a costly endeavor, both money-wise and energy-wise, and not necessarily a realistic solution for every corner of the world. With droughts and a growing populating, this has led to water shortages in many locations. That’s why human consumption and subsequent wasteful practices greatly affect the availability of this crucial resource for future generations. It’s up to us to either be part of the problem or part of the solution in the struggle to protect clean water sources.

Simple Swaps Make a Big Impact

No matter your location, water conservation should be a universal practice for every person on earth. Luckily, there are easy fixes that you can incorporate into your daily life to lower your family’s water consumption. The California Water Service has compiled a list of simple changes each family can make:

  • Swap out your old toilet that may be using up to 8-gallons-per-flush of water for a high-efficiency one that only uses 1.28-gallons-per-flush. This could save thousands of gallons per year.
  • Leaky faucets can waste up to 200 gallons of water a year. Commit to fixing any leaks you find in your home or lawn.
  • Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth to save at least 70 gallons of water per month. You can even go further by installing a water-saving faucet aerator.
  • Replace your regular shower head with a high-efficiency showerhead and minimize your shower time to five minutes. Each minute less can save up to 75 gallons of water a month.
  • Upgrade your laundry machine to a high-efficiency one to use half the water and energy. Only wash full loads in both the washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Utilize low-water and drought-resistant plants in areas with little rainfall.
  • Limit the size of your lawn.
  • Hold off on new gardening ventures until fall or winter months as they require more water to get started.
  • Strategically place plants that need more water at the bottom of a slope so that they can benefit from water runoff.
  • To reduce evaporation, especially in the hot summer months, protect your plants with mulch and shrubs.

To see the full list, visit: https://www.calwater.com/conservation/conservation-tips/

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