March 3, 2010
Down the Drain
Clean water is one of our most basic and essential resources. Let's not waste it!
How much water do you think you use each day? A gallon? Twenty gallons? Believe it or not, the average person uses 100 gallons a day! We use 2-5 gallons a minute just to take a shower. That means that taking shorter showers is one easy way to save lots of water! You can save even more water by remembering to turn off the faucet while you are brusing your teeth.
How does conserving water help the environment?
Water is essential to life on earth. We need water to grow food, keep clean, provide power, control fire, and, most importantly, we need it to stay alive. People use up our planet's fresh water faster than it can be naturally replenished. Depleting reservoirs and groundwater aquifiers can put water supplies, human health, and the environment at serious risk. Lower water levels can lead to higher concentrations of natural contaminants, such as radon, and arsenic, or human pollutants, such as agricultural and chemical wastes. Using water more efficiently and wisely helps maintain supplies at safe levels, protecting human health and the environment.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.