Water is one of the most precious natural resources because it is needed for all growing things. In modern times, the amount of water consumed by the average person can be extremely high, and water is required to produce every consumer product that people use. In order to avoid exhausting the planet’s supply of clean water, it is important to find ways to conserve as much water as possible.
Eating Meat Wastes Water
When most people try to preserve water through their diet, they focus on eating plants that were not grown with a lot of water. However, meat is actually a bigger consumer of water than produce. Each serving of chicken comes at the expense of 90 gallons of water, because any type of meat requires water to grow crops that are fed to animals and water that the animals drink directly. Because of this, vegans who avoid eating meat or dairy products consume 600 gallons of water less each day when compared to a person who eats a lot of meat. Though avoiding meat saves water, it is still possible to conserve water while eating meat. Whenever possible, choose grass fed meat, because most of the water that is used to produce meat comes from the water needed to grow corn for feed.
Swimming Pools Can Actually Save Water
A giant pool filled with gallons of water seems like it would be a waste, but it actually requires more water to maintain a lawn of the same size. Over the course of five years, a pool uses roughly 10,000 gallons less of water than a lawn, so it is a better choice for someone trying to conserve water. Even more water can be saved if the pool is covered when it is not in use. Each month, at least a few hundred gallons of water are lost from pools due to evaporation. With a pool cover, the amount of water lost through evaporation can be cut in half. Experts say that a pool cover makes a pool just as efficient for water preservation as a drought-tolerant landscape.
Discover the Production Cost for Consumer Items
Common items made of paper, plastic, fabric, and metal all require water to be produced. For example, one new cotton shirt requires 700 gallons of water during the growing and manufacturing process. If possible, try to cut back on buying new goods that cost so much water. Instead of using plastic food storage techniques like Tupperware to hold lunches, try using paper bags made of recycled paper that cost less water to produce. Throwing away water-intensive materials wastes water, but recycling them into new products can help to save water.
Turn Off the Sink When Not in Use
It might seem like a waste of effort to turn off the sink while brushing your teeth or scrubbing a pot, but these little changes can actually make a huge difference. Most people thoughtlessly leave their kitchen and bathroom sinks running throughout the day, and this adds up to millions of gallons every day. People tend to underestimate the amount of water that can flow through a facet so quickly, but making this one minor change could save about 2,880 gallons of water per year per person.
Energy Efficient Appliances Make a Big Difference
According to experts, installing a water efficient toilet is the greatest water saving action that the average person can make. More companies are focusing on creating water efficient appliances that use less water to get things done. A high efficiency clothes washer can use 20 gallons less water each time it runs, and efficient dishwashers are just as good at saving water. If you cannot afford to replace your appliances with more efficient models, just using a lower setting will save water. Most of the time, dishwashers and laundry machines do not need to be set on powerful settings, so that can waste water.
Author bio – Lee Flynn is a freelance writer from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self-reliance. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
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