Water Conservation

There are tons of ways for you to do your part and conserve water! Check out the tips below!

Tips for Taking a Shorter Shower

  • Shower at the gym. People typically feel uncomfortable taking long showers at the gym, so doing your daily ablutions here can cut down on your time. It's also a great way to get yourself to work out.
  • Set a timer. This may feel silly at first, but people tend to lose track of time in showers or baths. Setting yourself a five- or 10-minute timer can alert you to just how much time you really are spending under the water.
  • Plug the drain. Having the shower water rising up around your feet and ankles is an easy way to notice just how much water you're using.
  • Turn the water off in between shower activities. Switch your shower head off while you're letting your conditioner sink in, while you're shaving, etc. so that even if you can't cut down on actual shower time, you use less water. This is also called a navy shower.
  •  Turn your water heater off before you get in the shower. This is definitely the way to go cold turkey on long showers because when the warm water runs out, that's it. Unless you like cold showers, the loss of warmth is usually enough to get people out.

 

Did you know...?

  • Showering is one of the biggest ways to waste water and uses 17% of the total indoor water use. Just showering wastes 1.2 trillions of gallons of water in the US every year!

  • Limiting your shower time to six minutes will achieve water savings of 72 liters per shower!

  • The average American uses 70 gallons of water in a 10-minute shower...70 gallons is 1,120 eight ounce bottles of water!

  • Long, hot showers can dry out your skin. To keep your skin full of moisture, take a shorter, cooler shower and avoid premature wrinkling.

What do you do in your life to help conserve water?