Tips on Going Green: Water Conservation

by Andrew Arslan on April 19, 2012

Green is the new black and everyone wants to become greener. Consumers have become more aware of the impact they have on the planet and want to change their lifestyle but are probably unaware of how easy it is. There is a myth that going green equates to spending a lot money, and of course, after the Great Recession, spending conservatively is the new norm.

Regardless of the type of home a person lives in, whether it’s a single family house or an apartment, water conservation is one of the easiest and one of the most important habits people should adopt. Water conservation is especially important in the American southwest where rainfall could total as little as 4.2 inches annually in a large city like Las Vegas. Compare that total to New York City’s 49.9 inches of rain, which is actually more than Seattle’s 37.4 inches, and the difference can be put into perspective. There are easy tips on going green when it comes to water conservation that people can utilize and adopt into their daily lives.

When brushing your teeth, the water should only run when wetting or rinsing the brush. Allowing the faucet to run will let gallons of water go to waste. The average faucet releases about two gallons of water per minute; all of that water is not necessary to wet or rinse a toothbrush.

The same applies for shaving, which generally takes longer than brushing teeth – gallons and gallons of water accumulate for no reason just to go to waste.

An even bigger killer of water consumption can be attributed to showering habits. Everyone needs to shower but a 30-minute or even an hour-long shower wastes more water than one would think. Try timing how long your average shower is, and see if you can cut it down in half, or to as little as five minutes long.

Raising children at an early age to adopt these habits will not only benefit the environment but will also teach them to value the planet’s natural resources – it doesn’t hurt with saving money either when the water bill comes.

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Lain April 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

This is all good info, thank you, yet relative to those who still consume a MAD (meat and dairy) diet…: 2500-5000 gallons of water to produce ONE pound of cow flesh, and 1000-2000 gallons of water for ONE gallon of milk. So a Vegan can run their shower and sink 24/7, 365 days a year, and still not consume as much water as the average MAD consumer. Just thought you might like to add that for future water waste articles.

Thank you for your time and consideration with this dire issue.


Andrew Arslan Andrew Arslan April 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thanks for your feedback!


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