Take Action: Hydration Conservation
James Wang '19
Tips to take action in regards to reducing your water footprint (especially in a drought year)
- Shower Time: With low-flow shower heads on-campus, 1.5 gallons are used each minute instead of 2.5 gallons. Even so, to reduce your shower time try:
- Electricity Use: All electricity requires water, either for generation, cooling, or fuel purification and processing
- Wash full loads of clothes and dishes, but is it better to hand wash dishes or use a dishwasher?
- It varies on how efficiently you use water when you wash by hand, but dishwashers win this battle in most cases!
- Virtual Water: Almost everything, from food, clothes, even your electronic device, has a hidden cost of water use. Put this potable water to good use elsewhere!
- Meat and dairy are huge culprits. Try Meatless Mondays, eating meat for only one meal each day, cutting dairy cheese,or going vegetarian/vegan. Learn more about how eating more of a plant-rich diet will save water!
- Know where and how your clothes are made before buying them
- Check out this app or this interactive website to learn more.
- Water Bottles: Use a reusable bottle rather than plastic, since it takes almost 3 L of water to create 1 L of water (Pacific Institute)
- Use recycled water for non-potable water needs, such as washing a car or watering plants
- Water-Use Habits: Take a look at your water bill and see where you can cut back on water use
- Water-Based Habitats: Home to many vital ecosystem services
- Wetlands help with flood control, groundwater replenishment, water purification, and storm protection
- Rivers and Lakes provide recreation, drinking water, sediment transport, erosion regulation, water/nutrient cycling
- Oceans provide food, store carbon, and wastewater treatment
- Water Facilities: Visit and take a tour of the...
- Any leaky faucets, pipes, or toilets to Facilities or your landlord. Help save water, one drop at a time!
Check out the Center for Sustainability Webpage for more tips on how you can reduce your water footprint.