October 8, 2010

Water Conservation – Could You Reduce Your Water Use?

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin

If you’ve ever been without water temporarily or have had to conserve, it doesn’t take you long to truly value the convenience of turning on the faucet and immediately having water at your disposal, whether it be for drinking, bathing, cooking, or cleaning.

According to livescience.com, the average amount of water used daily by an Ethiopian is 3 gallons as compared to 30 gallons per day for a Briton.  Americans, as you probably suspected, use the most water per day, averaging 150 gallons per person per day.  How would we “survive” if our water usage was drastically restricted?  Could you give up showering every day to do laundry on the “off” days?  A five-minute shower uses about 20 gallons, less if you have a newer low-flow shower head. One load of laundry requires 10-20 gallons.  (Front loading washing machines use less than top loading machines.)

Another thing to think about, but is impossible to monitor, is how much water does the average person waste per day?  I think it would be fair to assume that Ethiopians waste much less water than Americans.  While brushing your teeth or washing your car in your driveway, do you let the water run the entire time or turn it off and on as needed?

Those are two examples of using water wisely which are taught to elementary students through the Urban Environmental Partnership (UEP). Formed in 2000, Des Moines Water Works partners with Metro Waste Authority, City of Des Moines Storm Water Utility, and Wastewater Reclamation Authority to educate students about preserving our natural resources.

Are you a wise water consumer? What ways are you conserving water?

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