Fresh, clean water is a limited resource. Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where water seems abundant, we often take that for granted. Conserving water conserves energy and is important for protecting our natural ecosystems. To save water, consider adopting some of the following behaviors:
Take shorter showers.
It's easy to linger in the shower after a long day or when you're sleepy in the morning. However, those extra five minutes in the shower could be the cause of some serious water waste. Make taking shorter showers easier by turning off the water in between steps. You can also use a shower timer - if you'd like one for free, contact Sustainability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you one!
Wash full loads.
While it may be tempting to wash just a few of your favorite items, resist the urge and wait until you have a full load to do laundry. Not only does this save water, it saves energy as well. Opt for the cold wash setting to save even more energy and extend the life of your clothes.
Eat less meat.
While it may be hard to believe that opting for a salad and pasta over a hamburger has any impact on water savings, it's true that eating less meat can save water. Livestock farming requires a large amount of water to produce the cereals used as animal feed, as well as to maintain the farm on which they live. This may have a ripple-effect and prevent food and water scarcity for other people around the globe. Here are some additional resources to learn more about how water usage and livestock farming are connected: USGS, EOS.