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One-third of the world’s population lives in areas affected by water shortages. It’s a shame that so little is done to preserve this life giving resource. Here are 10 facts about wasting water. Read them and think about what you can do to make a difference.
- The amount of water we use is constantly growing. An average person uses 127% more water than in 1950.
- About 95% of water that enters our homes goes down the drain.
- Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste 4 gallons of water.
- Older toilets can use 3 gallons of clean water with every flush, while new toilets use as little as 1 gallon.
- Leaky faucets that drip at the rate of one drop per second can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water each year.
- A garden hose or sprinkler can use almost as much water in an hour as an average family of four uses in one day.
- A water-efficient dishwasher will use as little a 4 gallons per wash cycle, whereas some older models use up to 13 gallons per cycle.
- Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of landscape water use goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by over-watering.
- Many people in the world exist on 3 gallons of water per day or less. We can use that amount in one flush of the toilet.
- Over a quarter of all the clean, drinkable water you use in your home is used to flush the toilets.
source: Water: Use Less—Save More by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert