I constantly try to find ways to conserve water. It seems like a no-brainer of being green.
But I just received a little “schooling” from the back of one of our daughter’s books (the only books I seem to read these days!). It’s a tidbit I had never heard, never realized or maybe never paid attention to, even if I had heard it. The fact is this:
Only 1% of our Earth’s water is usable: 97% is salt water, 2% is frozen in glaciers and it’s disappearing at an alarming rate. 10% of the U.S. relies on the Great Lakes for their water supply and they are at their lowest point in 80 years.
(I’d also like to point out that it seems like there has to be at least 1% frozen on my roof and about to rip down my gutters, thanks to our recent arctic weather, but that’s beside the point!…) I just never recognized that we are really, TRULY, working with such a limited supply of water.
When I blasted Starbuck’s for pitiful practices and water-wasting ways, I gave some ideas for conserving water, like efficiently using appliances, capturing water, checking for leaks and the-ever-popular “shorter showers”, but I only scratched the surface of indoor water usage. So first, ask yourself if you want to make sure we conserve that mere 1% we’re counting on. Then take the time to read 111 ways to conserve water. No kidding. 111 ways… and although some of them never even crossed my mind, their impact can be huge.
The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day… care to help me change that?
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