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Every Last Drop

The Home Water Saving Guide


save water. save life.


Aqueous Affairs

change

your relationship

with water

in your home

In recent findings, UNICEF announced that humans need roughly 5 gallons of clean water a day for survival. In reality, Americans use 400 gallons of water per household a day far more than the amount used in other developed countries. As citizens of this society, there needs to be a change. By being aware of the water crisis, Americans can begin to make thoughtful decisions regarding their relationship with water. In fact, even the smallest changes in attitudes&actions can make a difference in the global water crisis. Members of society who own or rent their living spaces have a unique opportunity to re-evaluate or re-work their water needs, so that America can reduce their

water footprint.


save water save life The first step in understanding how to conserve water in your home is to know where water is used. Most people use 45 to 50 gallons of water indoors each day and that much again outdoors, depending on the season. Indoors, ž of all the water is used in the bathroom. Outdoors, lawn and garden watering and car washing account for most of the water used.

Water is constantly in movement, the water cycle or hydrologic cycle, describes the movement of water above, below, and under the earths surface. As the name ‘water cycle’ implies there is no beginning or end to this process and while water may change state from liquid, to vapour, to ice depending on the part of the water cycle that you are looking at, the amount of water on earth remains constant over time. Unfortunately there are now more and more people on the planet to share this limited resource with, and the only way to deal with the growing shortage is to conserve as much water as possible by using what we have in the most responsible way.

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HOWCONSERVE TO WATER

IN 6 EASY WAYS!

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Upgrade appliances and other home goods

Adjust your water use to your surroundings

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Practice better habits in your daily routine

56

Replace consumer habits

Encourage others to follow in your footsteps

Invent new was to reduce water usage


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Upgrade Upgrade

Take a short shower rather than a bath could save you up to 400 litres a week. If you do have baths, only fill them half way.

Upgrading old appliances can save water, as well as money! A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded. Utilize the shortest cycle possible and minimize use of detergent.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Practice Practice

Turn off tap brushing cleaning your teeth, shaving or washing your face. You can waste can up to 9 litres a minute by just letting the water pour down the sink.

Every drip of water counts. Try to turn the water off while brushing your teeth, or scrubbing your hands with soap. This is a very simple step to pactice everyday. Learn the easy steps to conserve water and by practicing them, it will become apart of your daily routine.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Adjust Adjust

Be mindful of water in your lawn. Your lawn only really needs watering once a week and it is better to water in the morning when the temperature is lower and evaporation is less.

Research your plants, some actually thrive in drier conditions and will not benefit from over watering. When selecting trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and annuals for your garden, look for those that naturally grow together and group them by water needs. Mulch provides a protective layer that when placed over the soil locks in moisture, moderates soil temperature and suppresses weeds.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Replace Replace

Keep cool water in the fridge so that you do not need to run water down the sink to have a cold drink.

Over 20 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away every year. It is a simple step to recycle, and a simple step to stop buying. You can save money by not buying plastic bottles. To buy one reusable water bottle it will save you money and start your way towards a water-saving life.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Invent Invent

Fit water saving device in your cistern to save water when flushing, this can save you 3 litres a flush.

New homeowners may not have all the materials to upgrade their appliances or adjust their old ones. We try to motivate them to create new ways to save water around their new home. It is one small step that can make a big difference.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Encourage Encourage

Talk to your children, your family, friends and coworkers about the new tips you have learned. Communication is key and it can lead others to a great path.

Each small step will help the world to conserve water. Once you start your own ways to save water you can encourage other people around you about how to help. Social Networking is expanding massively, by joining the water saving groups you can talk to others about new ways to save water.


save water. save life.


‘till the water drops.

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