Conserving Water

Facing Californias Biggest Problem

We Use Too Much Water !

Water Usage is very important in our lives and comunitees.
Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per year. Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power generation. A family of four, for example, uses 400 gallons every day for common needs in the United States. In 2005, about 410,000 million gallons per day of water was withdrawn for use in the United States. It takes seven and a half years for the average American residence to use the same amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons). American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day. Americans use more water each day by flushing the toilet than they do by showering or any other activity. Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water. A five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons. A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year. The water consumed from the beginning of the year to Sunday, March 15th, at 11:51 is 1,004,430 billions of liters of water. Overall, the world consumes up to 9,087 billion CUBIC METERS of water per year.

About Our Water...

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Different Types of Water

In 2005, about 410,000 million gallons per day of water was withdrawn for use in the United States. About 80 percent of the total withdrawn water was from surface water, of which 82 percent was freshwater. The remaining 20 percent of the total withdrawn water was from groundwater, of which about 96 percent was freshwater. The ratio of saltwater to freshwater on Earth is around 40 to 1. Drinking water comes from one of two sources: groundwater or surface water. Groundwater comes from precipitation that falls in the form of rain or snow and seeps into the ground, filling the open spaces, within layers of sand or gravel (formations) beneath the land surface. Surface water also comes from precipitation. The precipitation reaches the land surface and restore rivers, lakes, wetlands, and other surface water bodies directly. Water is pumped from the water body to a treatment plant and then follows the same path as ground water on its way to the consumer, us.

What Can We do About Our Water Usage ?...

17 Tips To Reduce Our Water Usage

#1There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
#2 When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
#3 Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
#4 If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
#5 Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
#6 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
#7 Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
#8 Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
#9 Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
#10 Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
#11 Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
#12 Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.
#13 Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
#14 Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
#15 If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
#16 Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water houseplants.
#17 When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

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The authors are Saoud Moon (Graphic Designer), Lisa Rolland (Researcher) and Jaehoon Lee or Brian Lee (Researcher).