People are using too much water everyday.
Certain parts of California have been using a large amount of water. The usage of water in California mainly consists of reasonable factors. A statistic shows that statewide, an average amount of water is used 50% for environmental issues, 40% for agricultural issues, and 10% for urban issues. Below is a statistic from the website
http://www.ppic.org/main/publication_show.asp?i=1108 showing the facts about the usage of water in California statewide.
An average ten minute shower uses as much as 42 gallons of water
An average washing machine uses around 45 gallons of water to wash a full load
Brushing your teeth takes about 2 gallons of water
An average person who lives in California would use about 80-100 gallons per day! The answer to why an average person would use so much water is mainly due to the usage of household water. People use the most water when taking baths, showers, and flushing the toilet. Typical water use at home includes the dishwasher, washing your face, brushing your teeth, washing your clothes, drinking, etc. Water is a used for an everyday need. Below is a statistic that shows how much water is used by all ages and gender in America.
The ratio of salt water to fresh water is 40:1
Water is very unevenly distributed among the two types
Most freshwater is in glaciers and snow caps
3% is freshwater and the rest is saltwater
0.3% of freshwater is liquid form.
Most freshwater is from lakes
68.7% of freshwater is from ice
30.1% of freshwater is in the ground
0.3% of all freshwater is liquid
2% of freshwater is from rivers
11% of freshwater is from swamps
87% of freshwater is from lakes'
0.6% of water is in living creatures.
Water Conservation Tips
1. Check faucets and pipes for leaks
A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
2. Insulate your water pipes.
It's easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
3. Take shorter showers.
One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
4. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
5. When washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing
If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes.
6. Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water. Use a dual-setting aerator.
7. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.
Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe drinking bottle. If you are filling water bottles to bring along on outdoor hikes, consider buying a LifeStraw personal water filter which enables users to drink water safely from rivers or lakes or any available body of water.