The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension of Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences & Family and Consumer Sciences have put out the 40 Gallon Challenge to save water. Check it out at www.40GallonChallenge.org
Even if you don’t live in the States, pull it up and click on any county just to get a glimpse of all the ways you can save. I had no idea taking my car through the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway could save 18 gallons of water!
If all Georgians across the state of Georgia, all Americans across the nation, and all nationalities across the world joined forces to pledge to save water, what a massive zero waste footprint we could leave. Some ideas off the site:
1. Run dishwasher only when full. (saves 2 gallons)
2. Shorten showers by 2 minutes. (saves 5 gallons)
3. Turn off water while brushing teeth. (saves 8 gallons)
4. Fix leaky faucets and toilets. (saves 45 gallons)
5. Install low-flow toilets and shower heads. (saves 28 gallons)
1. Collect precipitation in a rain barrel. (saves 5 gallons)
2. Sweep rather than wash driveways and sidewalks. (saves 22 gallons)
3. Water lawn after midnight and before 10 a.m . ( saves 20 gallons)
4. Repair leaky pipes and sprinkler heads. (saves 20 gallons)
5. Add mulch to trees and plants. (saves 25 gallons)
( All gallons are approximations.)
I most certainly see a couple we could work on!
By calculations on the survey, we’re saving 121 gallons, but we took the pledge for 40 more. We’ll see how it goes!
To take the pledge go to www.40GallonChallenge.org
For more information, plug in: www.ugaextension.com.
Let’s all take the 40 gallon challenge today!
Cheers to conserving water!
Other interesting water articles:
- 5 Questions for Sizing Your Rain Barrel (apartmenttherapy.com)
- Do You Take Navy Showers? (bellasugar.com)
- Save the water from rainfall to use at your own convenience! (smarthome.com)
- Conserve water, reduce costs (mothermiser.com)
- Tips For Reducing Water Usage In The Bathroom (thegoodhuman.com)