World Water Day: 7 Ways to Reduce your Daily Water Waste
Over 70% of the planet covered in water, and yet less than half of 1% of that water is potable (drinkable). World Water Day began on March 22, 1993 as a way to raise awareness to the pollution, waste, and scarcity of our most precious resource and as a response to the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development. Since 1993 UN-Water (the sector of the UN in charge of World Water Day) has been diligent in spreading awareness and gaining support for water conservation efforts. At Bloomin’ we support all efforts towards a more sustainable future. Here are 7 easy ways to reduce your water waste throughout the day:
1. Use a dishwasher: surprisingly enough most dishwashers are actually more water efficient than hand washing dishes under running water. Dishwashers use slightly more water than one would if they filled up the sink with water, but when comparing sanitation dishwashers win yet again.
2. Turn off water in the shower when soaping up/shaving, and turn off sink when brushing teeth
3. Stop Buying Plastic Water Bottles: There are so many reasons not to buy plastic water bottles that there is, in fact, an entire website dedicated to Banning the Bottle.
4. Stop watering your lawns: According to the EPA “Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day.” In addition, the EPA estimates that 50% of outdoor water use is wasted due to inefficient systems and methods. Planting drought tolerant species, catching rainwater if you can, digging swells between plots, cycling the water from one area of the yard to another, and installing a gray water system are just a few ways to offset your outdoor water use.
5. Eat less meat: The Water Education Foundation calculated that for every pound of beef that is produced in California state 2,464 gallons of water are needed. That is 2,464 gallon jugs of water for 1lb of meat, which includes water for the animals to drink, water to clean the stalls and machinery used for nourishment, care, water to put the animals down, water to clean up chambers, and water to clean up after the slaughter. Let’s not forget the water that goes into the oil and gas industry to create the plastic and styrofoam containers…
6. Drive Less/Turn out the lights: Fracking and plastics are by far two of the biggest wasters of fresh water, besides the meat industry. California state’s Hydraulic Fracking industry has been calculated to produce about 2 Million gallons of waste water each day. According to the Chesapeake Energy company a single fracking well will use about 5 Million gallons of water over its lifetime. In 2012 the Huffington Post released an article that revealed the transport of 60 Million Barrels a Day of contaminated waste water by the oil industry.
7. Take more baths: the next time you shower close the drain and see how quickly your tub fills to the top. If the water level reaches the top of the tub before you have finished bathing, then baths are a more water efficient method for the time it takes you to shower. There are two ways to remedy this- take less showers or refer back to option 2.
To learn more about how demand, climate change, pollution, and geographical and political borders affect the world’s water supply check out this site about the UN’s 2013 World Water Day: Water Cooperation