Happy Earth Day!
Save Water for the Planet
Want a Great Conversation Starter for engaging your Littles, Middles, and Teens? Be a Planet Hero! Share these ideas with your kids, and turn them into Planet Heroes, too!
According to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, if you shorten your shower by ONE MINUTE, you can save 10 gallons of water for every shower.
Well! You know what that means, right? If you shower daily, that’s 70 gallons a week. If you get 1 other person to shorten his/her shower by one minute, that would be 140 gallons of water YOU would be responsible for saving.
All that heroism from a 1-minute-shorter shower? Unbelievable! (But true.)
Conserve with Your Kids!
What if your kids get their best friends to shorten their showers by one minute? With 52 weeks in a year, that’s 7,280 gallons of water that can be saved every year by 2 people if they shorten their shower by a measly 1 minute. WOW!
What if you got your neighbors on board, too?
That, my friend, is the Ripple Effect.
Most people don’t have a clear idea about how much water their daily activities consume. This chart will help generate some ideas for helping our planet.
PS: What if you got your town to shorten their showers…
I’ll bet you can come up with some other ways to conserve water. What are they?
|Indoor Water Consumption|
|Activity||Gallons Used (Conventional)||Gallons Used (Water Saving*)|
|Toilet Flushing||5 – 7 gallons per flush||1½ – 3½ gallons per flush by placing a water-filled plastic bottle in your toilet tank so it doesn’t fill up as much|
|Shower (water running)||7 – 10 gallons per minute||2 – 4 gallons per minute by shutting off the shower while you shave|
|Bath (full tub)||36 – 50 gallons (conventional)||By not filling the tub all the way: |
30 – 40 gallons (conventional)
40 – 80 gallons (whirlpool)
(Bonus: Fill a gallon jug with bathwater before you drain the tub, and later use it to flush the toilet
|Laundry Machine (full load)||60 gallons top loader||42 gallons top loader by waiting to do a load until you have enough laundry for a full load|
|Dishwasher||15 gallons normal load||7½ – 10 gallons normal load with an energy efficient model, and don’t pre-wash the dishes in the sink|
|Dish Washing by hand||30 gallons tap running||10 – 20 gallons- instead of running the tap, fill a pot with rinse water and another with soapy water, instead of filling the sink. Use the spray nozzle for additional rinsing|
|Shaving||20 gallons tap running||2 – 5 gallons by filling the sink deep enough to rinse your razor, and not running the tap|
|Brushing Teeth||10 gallons tap running||2 – 3 gallons turning the tap on only to rinse the brush and your mouth|
|Washing Hands||2 gallons tap running||1 – 2 gallons by shutting off the water while lathering up|
|Average shower = 12 -15 minutes|
A 15 minute shower = 150 gallons
Many people shower more than 15 minutes
During hot weather, we tend to shower more often, so don’t
|* The rate of consumption for water-saving devices or products significantly varies. Please check the plumbing fixture package to determine the merchandise’s |
** AVERAGE CONSUMPTION PER DAY PER PERSON = 70 GALLONS (Last modified on: Tue, 13 May 2014)