Theme 2017: ‘Why waste water?’
From fitting a low flow shower head to fixing a dripping faucet, there are many ways to reduce water usage around your home. Here’s some top water saving tips:
- Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes, and you’ll save an impressive 1,000 gallons a month
- Turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four
- Whether you’re experienced at DIY or need to a hire a plumber, it’s important to fix any leaky faucets as soon as possible. Fixing a leaky faucet can save 140 gallons a week
- Fitting water efficient fixtures provides a simple yet effective way to save water, so fit an aerator to your faucet, upgrade to a water saving dual flush toilet and choose a low flow shower head
- Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Half-loads soon add up to gallons of water that only goes to waste
- Keep an eye on your water bills, as a sudden spike can indicate a leak, so call in a plumber to check the pipes to save both water and cash
- Turn the water off when washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month
- When ice cubes are left over from your drink, don’t put them in the sink, instead pour them on a plant
- Steam your vegetables instead of boiling them, which not only helps to save water but it will retain more nutrients too.
- Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day, which stops water evaporating straight away in the sunlight and heat
World Water Day Events – United States
To celebrate World Water Day 2017, a number of events are being held around the United States – from blessing the waters at Thomas F Regan Memorial City Beach in California to discussions on the state of water in Texas. Find out which events are being held near you on the UN Water events map.
Water Aid America
To show your support for World Water Day, why not go blue in any way you like – dress in blue, paint yourself blue, bake blue cakes, drink blue drinks – it really doesn’t matter how you do it! Water Aid America would love you to get involved, so go #BlueforWater on March 22nd. It’s easy to be a part of World Water Day and make a difference. By helping to raise funds and spreading the word, you can help to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to safe, clean water by 2030.
By Hudson Reed
Wishing you happy world water day from the entire team of Food Security 2017.
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