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March 22, 2017

Five Ways You Can Conserve Water on World Water Day

Every year, the world dedicates March 22 to tackling the water crisis so many people face every day. Throughout the world, 1.8 billion people rely on a contaminated water source that puts them at risk for a variety of diseases.

This year, World Water Day will focus on wastewater. According to the World Water Day website, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

Here are a five ways to help conserve water or reuse your wastewater:

  1. Use your warm-up water

Warm-up water is the water that is wasted while you wait for you shower or sink water to get to the right temperature. To save that water, place a bucket or basin under the faucet until the water is ready for you to use. You can use this water to water your houseplants or garden.

  1. Save your shower water

If you are willing to put in some extra plumbing work, you can install a three-way valve that allows you to reuse your shower water. If you are not, you can always plug the tub while you shower to save water for watering plants or your garden.

  1. Shut off the lights

Did you know power plants use thousands of gallons of water? The more you conserve on electricity, the more you can conserve water too!

  1. Install efficient fixtures

Using a low-flow toilets or efficient shower heads can add up to a lot of savings on water.

  1. Go to the car wash

Most car wash businesses reuse their water. Going to the car wash as opposed to washing it at home can save you gallons of water.

Choosing just one way to help conserve water can make a difference!

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