Clean Water Facts:

 

The world is running out of clean water because there isn’t much potable (drinkable) water to start with. I bet that you have heard that 70% of the world’s surface is covered by water. But did you know that 97.5% of it is salt water?  This means that only 2.5% of all the water on earth is drinkable. Of that, almost 68.7% of the freshwater is frozen in ice caps and glaciers. 

So in total, only 1% of all the water resources on earth are available for human use!

Water is the foundation of life, yet 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide.

While the population and demand on freshwater resources are increasing, the supply will always remain constant. The EPA website states that the U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years, while our thirst for water has tripled!!!

The EPA estimates that at least 40 states anticipate having water shortages by 2024, and the need to conserve water is critical.

Although it’s true that the water cycle continuously returns water to Earth, it is not always returned to the same place, or in the same quantity and quality. Humans have a tendency to add chemicals, waste, and hormones that pollute the water system.

The USGS (United States Geological Survey) estimates that each person uses around 80-100 gallons of water per day!

The Average American Water Utility Bill 

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According to the Water Research Foundation, toilets, showers, and faucets are the biggest consumers of our clean water resources (within a household). Luckily I have found 3 great and super cheap ways to help you become a clean water saving hero!

The best thing of all is that these water saving gadgets will more than pay for themselves in 1-2 years!

Then it’s extra saving into the bank for next 5-8 years (or the lifespan of their useful lives)!!! 

By curtailing our water use and pollution we can reduce the impact of climate change and hopefully slow down global warming!

Woo hoo! This means healthier lives, more savings, and a happier Mother Earth!!!

 

What You Can Do Today to Help Save Our Clean Water Resources

I wish the products for sustainability were sexier. I mean, come on… Selling a Lamborghini with a bikini-clad model is way easier to market than a water-conserving toilet tank bag!!!

But my hope is to make sustainability “cool”. Because after all, living in a wasteland is NOT sexy…

So here is my bikini-clad model showcasing this very “cool” and sustainable toilet tank bag! 

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A Water Conserving Toilet Tank Bag:

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This super cheap water displacement pouch conserves 80 -160 oz. of water per flush!

One gallon of water is equal to 128 oz. Say for math sake, you fill the bag up to the smallest level of water savings (80 oz). You then take the average household of 4 people that flush around 4,000 times per year and multiply it by the amount of water saved per flush 80 x 4,000 = 320,000 oz of water. Now we divide that number by 128 oz to get the amount in gallons.

The average household can save up to 2,500 gallons of water per year! 

This is a much cheaper option than purchasing a brand new low flow toilet. Remember, remodeling and construction are one of the most wasteful industries. If your toilet works just fine, then save water and money by converting your current toilet into a low flow toilet using this water displacement bag.

If your current toilet is broken or needs to be replaced, you can visit this toilet cost calculation website to find out how much it will cost to replace your current throne with a low flow version. A standard toilet install should take between one and two hours to complete and cost an average of $348 or less to install. Plus the cost of a low flow toilet.

Don’t have $400-$800 for material, labor, supplies, and tools to install a low flow toilet? Opt for this inexpensive fix!!!

Click here to learn more about  the Toilet Tank Bank

Low Water Flow Showerhead:

 

sustainability clean water showerheadIn an average home, showers typically consume 20% of the utility bill. The average American shower uses 17 gallons and lasts for 8 minutes (or 2.1 gallons per minute). 

This showerhead has a low flow rate of 1.2 gallons per minute. Meaning that by making the switch you could be saving 7.4 gallons of water per shower.

If we take the average household of 4 people who shower once per day, that equals 10,804 gallons of clean water saved per year!!!

The Math:

  • If the average shower lasts 8 minutes, and this showerhead has a water flow rate of 1.2 x 8 minutes= 9.2 gallons.
  • 17 gallons-9.6 gallons used=7.4 gallons saved!
  • If the average household contains 4 people, then 7.4 gallons x 4 people x 365 days per year=10,804 gallons of water saved per year per house!!

 

According to the US Census Bureau, the population of America is 325 million as of 2017. Imagine how many millions of gallons of clean water we could save?!?

This super awesome showerhead comes with 5 spray pattern functions (Saturating, Massage, Dot Massage, Saturating & Massage, Saturating & Dot Massage), and has a 1-year limited warranty!

If you wanted to turn up the shower pressure, it has a maximum 2 GPM water flow rate at 80 PSI (meaning that you could get a mini back massage out of the deal)!

By switching over to this low flow WaterSense showerhead you get the same benefits of a squeaky clean body, but with the satisfaction that you are saving money and the environment!

Click here for more details Kingston Brass WaterSense showerhead

 

Low Flow Faucet Conversion Attachment:

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By reducing the faucet flow rate, you can save a ton of clean water. Faucets are the third largest consumer of water in your household, and there are many of them throughout your house.

The good news is that these faucet conversion attachments are super cheap!!! Unless you have a very special faucet head, this conversion kit will easily screw on to most bathroom and kitchen faucet nozzles.

Click here for more details Low Flow Faucet conversion

How to Save Water at Home: 

 

  1. Shut off faucets whenever possible 🙂
  2. Make sure your faucets don’t drip or leak. Tighten those babies up!
  3. Use a water flow-reducer on your tap, shower, and toilet.
  4. When hand-washing dishes, don’t run the water continuously.
  5. Try washing dishes in a partially filled sink and then rinse them using the spray attachment on your tap.
  6. If you have a dishwasher, make sure you wash full loads. You use the same amount of water whether you are washing a partial or full load of dishes.  Check to see if your dishwasher has a conserver/water-miser cycle!
  7. When brushing your teeth, turn the water off while you are actually brushing. Use short bursts of water for cleaning your toothbrush. (This saves about 80% of the water normally used.) This also goes for shaving.
  8. If you have to wait a period of time for the hot water to reach the shower, try collecting the normally discarded cold water in a bucket for watering plants.
  9. Wash full loads in your washing machine, and check to see it has a “suds-saver” feature cycle.
  10. Look for “environmentally friendly” products while shopping.

How You Can Save Water Outdoors: 

  1. Lawns and gardens require only 5 millimeters of water per day during warm weather. Less is needed during spring, fall, or cool weather.
  2. Consider decorating your garden with plants that grow locally!
  3. Water lawns every three to five days, rather than for a short period every day. Water in the evenings to prevent it from quickly evaporating. Plants will have all night to soak it all in!
  4. Soil cannot store extra water, so over-watering in an anticipation of a shortage doesn’t pencil out.
  5. Use sprinkler timers to manage how much water is being used.

 

Be the change you want to see in the world. As Michael Jackson would say, ‘If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change”.

Become a Water Saving Hero Today!

It’s easy and convenient. If you have Amazon Prime and purchase all of these items together you will get them in 2 days and it will ship for free to your door!!!

If you have enjoyed this article or have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below!

 

 

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