Only 1% of the water on earth is usable. That incredibly small percentage is being used up faster than it can be replenished, and because of that, at least 36 states predict local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013. Did you know that homes use more than half of publicly supplied water in the US -- more than either business or industry? Here are a few things that you can do in 2012 to use water more efficiently:
1) Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full. By doing so, you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month.
2) When you’re washing fruits and vegetables, fill a pan with water instead of running the water from the tap. Your food gets just as clean, and unused water isn’t flowing down the drain.
3) Shutting off the water while you brush your teeth will save 4.5 gallons each time. Imagine what would happen if you turn off the water when you wash your face, too.
4) To test your toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
5) Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
6) If you do nothing else, shorten your showers by a minute or two. You won’t notice a difference, and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.