Monday, February 1, 2010

17 Quick Tips and Interesting Facts About Water ...

I've been thinking about water and thought I'd just share some of the things I've come across recently. Here you go:

  1. One percent (1%) of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking.

  2. Approximately one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water.

  3. Nothing beats a nice, cold glass of water. Instead of letting the tap run until the cold water comes through ... keep a container in the refrigerator. You'll save approximately 2 gallons (per glass).

  4. There are approximately one million miles of pipeline and aqueducts in the United States and Canada ... enough to circle the earth 40 times.

  5. Headaches are often caused by dehydration so try drinking a glass of water, before taking an aspirin, for relief.

  6. When taking a shower, put the plug in the tub ... it's a great way to see how much water you are using. By the way ... shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.

  7. Turn off the water while you wash your hair and soap up.

  8. Water regulates the earth’s temperature. Here's a surprise ... it's a natural insulator.

  9. All known forms of life depend on water.

  10. Rather than defrost food under running water, plan ahead and defrost in the refrigerator (you'll get the added benefit of the frozen food keeping the temperature low in the refrigerator).

  11. Choose native shrubs and plants for your yard ... they typically require less watering.

  12. A person can live over a month without food but only about a week without water.

  13. One person uses over 100 gallons of water a day.

  14. It takes approximately 62,600 gallons of water to produce one ton of steel.

  15. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

  16. When you have ice left in your glass, give it to a plant rather than toss it down the drain.

  17. 3.575 million people die each year from water-related diseases (from World Health Organization).

How do you conserve water?

As always ... I would love to hear from you!


  1. These are incredibly helpful and interesting - my kids will love them too. Thanks.

  2. Great list! I especially like #11, always pushing that with my family. We can have serious water use issues here in the summer and one way we save water (in addition to our rain barrels) is by using the left over water in my toddler's little tub to water the house plants. The tiny amount of biodegradable soap in there doesn't bother them a bit!

  3. Thank you nice sharing,We understand that water very important ,we must very carefully,best wishes,stay well.

  4. Gotta have it best to enjoy it and try to save it. Wanted to stop by and say Hi

  5. During our (Seattle area) rainy January, I left an ordinary cooler on our deck. It filled within a week, providing (!free!) water for our indoor plants, cleaning etc. I want to figure out how to collect ALL the water that hits our house, but for a quick and easy start, try the cooler method!

  6. We just installed rain barrels--I'm so excited to share this easy way to collect rain water:

    Plus, we keep a bucket in our bathroom and hold it under the shower water until it gets hot. We can use that water to fill up the toilet tank after flushing or to water plants. Sure it's extra work, but I can't stand to watch all that perfectly good, fresh water just go down the drain.

  7. Im not sure if i conserve intentionally, but I do try not to take long showers, thankfully im bald so washing my hair doesnt take much time

    To rewinn and others, I never thought about it until you mentioned using a cooler to collect rain. But I use to wark at a chinese resturant and they would get their sauce mix in 5 gallon buckets. So you could stop by your local resturant and Im sure they have many out in back for free. then at home you have your rain gutters that redirect it, so you could put that at ground level. Keep in mind to cover it because it is a breeding ground for mosquitos as are all stagnant pools.

  8. The low flow shower head with the water pause feature immediately saved about $5 a month when we installed it so now it has paid for itself. I filled empty glass bottles with water so they would displace volume in the toilet tank. I cut off the water when washing my hands and (of course) while brushing my teeth. Good post about something we all take for granted.

  9. John, thanks for the bucket idea - I'll give it a try!

    When the mosquito season comes along, I'll experiment with tubes and screens and and whatnot, basically turning them into cheap little rainbarrels.

  10. Wow! Love #6 and will definitely be trying that soon. Some of these are shocking/frightening, so thanks for posting them!

  11. Great post again :)))

    My water savers:
    * Energy Trust home audit when I bought my house (FREE courtesy of my utility co) provided low flow (yet still great water pressure) shower head and faucet aerators.
    * Dual Flush Toilet (1 for pee, 2 for...) by Toto - way cheaper than the Caromas by the way
    * Rain Barrel (however it's not my ideal as 1/2" rain fills it up, so this year I'm getting a 1500 gal cistern and goin' buck wild!!)
    * Honestly, I only shower 2-3X a week. Unless I'm sweating up a storm, it's really not necessary that people shower every day. 5 minute showers.
    * I have a drip in my bathroom sink faucet. Until I can afford to replace it I have a bowl to collect the drips. 4 cup pyrex pitcher full by morning goes to the dog's water bowl, watering my indoor plants, or even helping soak items in the sink.


  12. No 13 is shocking. I didn't think we use so much water, 100 gallon a day is far too much.

    I am going to do a post on spear pumps. Will do it next week as I have done one on endangered species


    I just posted one on spear pumps.

    This is a very interesting and useful post. One normally do not even think we use so much water.
    RE: NO 13

  14. Re #6: I've had good luck using the shower water on the garden, especially during dry Augusts. We don't use any soaps that have nasty stuff in them.

    Also: couples! It's really true about showering together. AND it saves water.

  15. As we live in Israel and we have serious water issues here, for us saving water comes...naturally. We use the bucket into the shower and then use the water for the plans or for washing up the floor , we also have a dual flush system (and if you are really into saving, then you can fill a plastic bottle with water and put it into your water tank, this way your tank fill never fill up completely). Whenever I soap the dishes I i cut off the water. The same goes for soaping under the shower, brushing our teeth. I use the washing machine at full capacity all the time and when we wash the car is from the bucket and not with a hose.
    Great blog, BTW!
    I try to be as green as possible I can here, in Israel, where this issues are not given the same attention as in other plACES.
    mY BEST,

  16. thanks as always this post is great ..water is our most important substance as i always say we all have to do our part ..we are always conserving in the summer i also use the water left in to water plants,trees and so on..may god bless you for your all you do..thanks

  17. we waste so much water in Canada, and then we buy it bottled. it's ridiculous.
    great facts-tips :)

    for myself, the whole 'water as a commodity to buy and sell' was always my motivation to conserve and avoid bottled water.

    because of David Suzuki's 'A Sacred Balance' I started taking steps to decrease my water usage. thank you for reminding me :)

  18. Nice tips! I had thought I came up with the ice in the watering can idea - glad others are doing it, too. Speaking of watering plants and showers, I shower with a bucket in front of me on days that I want to water my plants. By placing the bucket in front of me rather than behind, I avoid soap washing off of my body into the bucket.

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