There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
02. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
03. Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
04. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
05. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
06. Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
07. Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
08. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
09. Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful. Read more
- On average freshwater species populations were reduced by half between 1970 and 2005, a sharper decline than for other biomes.
- As of 2000 there were more than 50,000 large dams in operation.
- Some 589 large dams were built in Asia from 1999 to 2001.
- Of the world’s 292 largest river systems in 2005 (accounting for 60% of the world’s runoff), more than a third (105) were considered to be strongly affected by fragmentation, and 68 moderately affected.
The section “Did You Know…?” is taken from the 3rd World Water Development Report “Water in a Changing World“. Read more
Diarrhea remains in the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. Diarrhea is more prevalent in the developing world due, in large part, to the lack of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as poorer overall health and nutritional status. Read more